Travel Fuels Life Podcast and Show Notes
Tina and Keith Paul | Checklist for Travel Domestically and Abroad
With a busy travel season ahead, wouldn't things be a lot easier if you had a checklist to go by, to make sure you aren't forgetting any important details before your big trip?
Tina and Keith Paul join me to discuss almost out of date passports, visas, immunizations, arranging transportation to your hotel, and more. Those things that can make your trip go from a pain in the neck to a dream.
- The inspiration for the checklists book
- The first thing, do I need a Visa?
- How long in advance and where do you find the information?
- Immunization and how layovers can trip you up
- The importance of having travel insurance
- Schengen Zone and the $7 fee European Travel Information Authorization System (ETIAS)
- Global Entry fail between Canada and the United States
- Having a 6-month cushion on your passport and blank pages
- Having a spare copy of the passport
- Passport in the cloud and off-line
- Keeping an itinerary with a friend
- The RealID and making sure you get your driver's license renewed in the US
- Baggage subterfuge. Making sure your bag is the right size and weight
- 50.7 pounds (23 kg)
- Being incoginto to save some money on plane tickets
- How to handle money for your trip
- Not having money when you arrive
- Ask your hotel to arrange transportation from the airport
- Make sure your PIN numbers
- Use Google Street Maps to visualize and see where your hotel is
- Knowing how to prepare for tipping
- Where it is rude to tip
- Knowing the country customs
- Be careful of who you photograph
- Preparations for Internet
- Why the SIM Card isn't always the best
- Making sure you have a cushion of time
- Book: A Travel Checklist of the Most Important Things You Need to Know Before Traveling (on Amazon)
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Hello everybody and welcome to Travel Fuels Life to show we share stories tips and inspiration to help you live a travel lifestyle. I'm your host Drew Hannush. Last year. I was doing all sorts of travel at this time. My Facebook page keeps telling me about all these exotic places. I went to you know from Cancun Hawaii and I went to Florida and Las Vegas and Philly and this year. I have been at home. Eat home and try to catch up on some stuff. I'm actually working on my first book and this has been a very interesting experience. It's taking twice as long probably four times as long as I expected that it would but may the fourth will be the launch date for the travel guide to experiencing Kentucky bourbon and I am working on the audio book right now. So lots of excitement behind that and I can't wait to share that with you guys. Guys coming up. I'm gonna be traveling. Also. I'm going to Texas New Orleans Spain Ireland tons of travel to come with all this domestic and international travel time to start getting prepared again and get back in sync with my checklists. You know, I mean, there's a lot of things going on such as real ID here in the United States where your driver's license will no longer get you on a domestic flight and you can
The plating some changes to the non Visa countries lots of stuff. So I was looking at my Facebook page because of course I have to divert myself from busyness occasionally and I noticed that two people that I met while I was out at T Beck's in Billings have just released their own book and it's Tina and Keith Paul there to American expats that live in Ecuador and the book is called a travel checklist of the most important things you You need to know before traveling domestically and abroad and so what better book for me to go through and read and kind of get caught back up and get back into the travel mode again, and I found all sorts of stuff in there that I really haven't even thought about adding to my own checklist and it's all important stuff. So I wanted to have him on the show have a chance to let them tell you some of these things that they have discovered over the years.
And so it is a real pleasure for me to welcome to the show Tina and Keith Paul. Welcome to the show guys. Thank you. Thanks for having us. I saw you posting because I follow you on Facebook and I saw you post that you had a new book out and the book is about checklists for travel and I find this interesting because I live by my checklists now when traveling because there's just so much stuff that you have to keep in mind when you are planning to travel just within the United States not not including going outside of the country. So so what what brought the idea of this book to you? Well, you know, we've made mistakes just like anybody else traveling. We've actually missed in Tiger tricks because we didn't leave a day early.
And any Airline cancel the flight and there just wasn't another flight to get us to the next point so we could make it was a cruise. So there's been many mishaps along the way but if you learn from each of those they don't ever have to happen again. Yeah, so, you know what we Advocate travel so much, you know, if you don't plan right and prepare it can be frustrating especially international travel. So we thought we'd you know, we put this book together this checklist of all our experience with some of the you know, think most frustrating things that can happen to you on a trip and my physical preparation and knowledge that trip could just go through, you know go off flawlessly. So I'm going to tell you what got me started on doing checklists, but but I want to find out from you too. I had done my first checklist.
Are I boarded a plane for Hawaii? And realize that I didn't bring a pencil with me and I needed to fill out the agricultural forms and and that struggle of looking around and going who do I ask and though the person next to me doesn't have one and the next person in front of me doesn't have one and all of a sudden you're like, what do I do? What do I do? And I'm like, I need to have a list of some form what got you guys started on this concept of checklist. Well, he's kind of the same thing that you just said there. I mean, you know, we even have a packing checklist, you know, so the book is more about checklist of of this things outside of what the pact no, but but we started with a packing check this can we go on trips and done if we didn't forget something that we took on the previous we can get forgotten on this trip. So we actually use an app called I use an app called pack point that I create my custom path list, you know from a carry-on.
You know for my passport folder and all the things I have there which includes a pen and reading glasses. These forms are so microscopic. All right. So do you kind of break it down into like here's the stuff that we need to do three months in advance and the stuff we need to do a month in advance and the stuff we need to do a day in advance. You know, I don't think we're that organized that way. And from trip to Tribute, we would like to be buying our airfare at least four months in advance. That doesn't always happen. Yeah. So I mean the packing list is we just do that over a 2-pack but the things that we put in our book with with dates we are probably not real real rigid, but there are certain things that we know we have to do in a certain amount of time. So we do have a thing.
By time, you're like like visas for country, you know. Yeah, that's really really important some countries. You need actually need extra time and you actually have to get a visa and it takes a little more time. Yeah, it's not something you can do last minute. So you you know, if you're going to go to a country. I think that should be the first thing it's a foreign country. Do I need a visa? And what are the time restrictions for that? Yeah, so when you're doing that because visas are something I've not had to deal with because I've gone to Mexico and I've gone to Canada and I've gone Into the EU so I haven't had to deal with that to I'd how long in advance do you usually tend to start hunting down visas? And where's a good spot to go find that information out? Yeah. We we really like Ibiza.com. So even if you don't use their services, you can go there type in the country that you're traveling to and I'll come back and tell you if you need a Visa or not then it gives you information.
How long it might take in that sort of thing and if they can't help you because there's some things that a third party can't help you with they'll direct you to the website of the country. You're going to their Embassy whatever it has the Visa information sometimes Visa is just paying a fee and then you're going to be fine when you get there. But other times you need a physical Visa like we did for India we needed one right bill that was wondering if you wasn't actually that the carbon duty to do a process you can go online and apply for it and
Okay, and then you get a piece of paper that you gotta bring with you when you enter into the country that there wasn't much of a time constraint here but some countries, you know can be a little tougher like Bolivia might be a country where you going to need more time for the processing. Okay, and if you're doing stuff like needing immunizations and stuff like that is that all kind of tied into the Visa process or is that something they just check once you come into the country? Well, you need to do your research to know the country are going to if in this Stations are needed and there are some you know, some things need to kind of be watch out for beginning it is it's from the country or from so now the fact that we even we live in Ecuador is little bit different than if we lived in the United States on the what countries require immunizations. We have an interesting story of us who friends that kind of shows you how you really need to do your research how you could get burned because they really messed up their trip and they were traveling from here, but whatever.
Ecuador I think they were in United States and then they Into Brazil. It was a weird Flight Plan. What was your destination? Oh, I'm sorry Africa. They were traveling to Africa and there are many places in Africa that require immunizations, especially from Ecuador for South America. So since they were coming from Ecuador to South Africa, they did not need the yellow fever. Yo. Yeah, yellow fever vaccine do that. However what they did Realize our Factory in is because they had a layover in Brazil that now met they are also in Brazil and if you remember still require a vaccination to go in South Africa. Oh wow, so we're the I mean did they even leave the airport? No, but they were there for 10 hours how much time you're spending in Brazil so they wouldn't let them board the plane and there's no way to get a deal.
Quickly, so basically their trip that scratched. Wow. Yeah, so that's something you got to consider. You got that only the country you're from where you're going to think about. If you have layovers anywhere in between how that could possibly impact your travels with the the required in these nations. And and how much time do you have to have have the immunization before you enter the country that is also a factor of you know, it's different for every country. So an interesting question would Travel insurance have covered that scenario for them for making a mistake and not having their or not being aware of their immunization. Oh good question. The question. I think some trouble insurances would cover that. Yeah. I think that would be an incident that it could be covered. Probably something to ask the insurance company that you're working with weather because that would really be
Nice safety net and definitely a reason to go ahead and get that travel insurance. Yeah. Yes. Absolutely. Like, you know, especially if the insurance that comes with people's visas trip Interruption Insurance trip cancellation insurance plans that's included with your with the pieces that you protected by pieces. Yeah. I'm sorry credit card Visa that you purchase your MasterCard has the same thing. So that would definitely be something you might want to look into because I'm pretty familiar. With all the Spell that out, but it should have been something I probably would want to ask just to verify. Yeah. So another thing that's coming up the the Schengen Zone, I guess in Europe now they are talking about or maybe this is already official that even though they don't require a Visa for Americans traveling there. They are adding in this seven dollar fee this thing you have to sign up for is that an effect yet this Travel information authorization system. Do you know if that's kicked in yet? Have you signed up? Yeah, I know the it's not and you know, they don't know you have a date set teller seeing right now is last we heard is still 20 21 and integrand in 2021. Yeah, and that's something dollars fee. You know, some people you might see it referred to as a Visa that you're buying. It's really not a Visa. It's just a fee to do a pre-screening process that will allow you to travel.
In those countries in the EU visa-free, okay, and it's kind of like a a cheap version of our Global Entry kind of a you know, it's probably easier to travel in the EU than it is to go to Canada. You know, who they let in and who they don't let in yeah. Yeah. I've learned the hard way. I actually got the global entry. You know, they have it to where You're supposed to be able to just drive up show your card and go through from the from Canada into the United States. That didn't work for me. They still had me they searched my trunk. They still made me sit there for 30 minutes ask me questions, you know, they sit there leisurely like they're just asking you questions off the cuff as your friend, but either the questions they're asking you are like so why you traveling here and what you know, and I think it's because I'm a solo
Blur and so it seems odd that a Solo Traveler is yeah, I think yeah. Yeah because we were just in Canada two years ago and we got rights for no problem. I mean, they asked what we were doing there, but that was it. What right crew. Yeah. I think they probably get profiled you drew. That's it. Well, right I do have an interesting last name so I know who knows who knows so another consideration and I found this interesting. This is what I say when I read through Through your book. I was like, you know, even for somebody who travels a lot there's some good reminders in here such as the passport the idea that you need to make sure that you have at least a six-month cushion on your on your passport to get into some countries. I mean, there'd be another headache of a reason to get denied access to a country because your passport is five months from cancellation and they decide to not let
Through it what are some other things that we should be paying attention to with our passport? Well, I would also have a color photocopy of your passport. We each have one and we haven't laminated we when we're at a hotel we'll put our passports are in the safe and then we'll walk around with that copy because losing your passport in another country is you know a nope. It's probably the hugest headache you could ever have having it lost or stolen the other. Thing you want to make sure you have inside, you know, six months of cushion for your passport expires. Just make sure you have enough blank pages. Some people don't travel a lot for business or pleasure may not have places to for the stamps and that'll get you a stop to going directly leaving the country. It used to be you could buy extra pages that you cannot do that anymore. So yeah, you need a new: passport. If if you've run up well something I was thinking of
You is that I usually will keep it in an itinerary with a friend of mine so that they know where I'm traveling. I've got a back up here, but I was thinking it also probably be a good idea. Like I use Google Docs or Dropbox is to maybe put a copy of that into some kind of cloud service so that you could pull it down from any country that that you went to. Yeah. We are also big fans of that we use. Dropbox and My documents are in the cloud like that, you know my receipts from the airlines to hotel reservation hotel reservations. I have everything at my fingertips and also before I go I'd like for Dropbox I make sure that that whole entire folder is available offline because if you're another country you may not have access to Internet right away. So make sure it's available online. So it's on your phone store to your habit. Yeah, but something else and they're now starting to To tell you this when you go to the airport, but I understand now that by October 1st if you don't have as a US citizen your driver's license up to date with the real ID that you can't fly. Yeah. We're are you well, I think the Willis you'll be nice to your passport, right? Okay. Okay. Yeah, your driver's license domestically. Yeah, and so that's that's probably something like as soon as I
Read that in your book. I'm like, oh, yeah. Yeah, that's a good reminder because they did tell me about it at the airport. And if I wait until September to do this, I'm going to be in a massive line at the DMV waiting to get this thing. Exactly. Exactly. I think you re reading the book, you know to know if your if your current driver's licenses real ID compliant, they'll have a little star in the upper right hand corner of your driver's license. That means your your ID is already real ID compliant. Another thing that I had happened, you know, I like to go on the airlines where I can avoid baggage fees and just take a nice little white bag with me and then get the really low fares, but I had this circumstance when I was in in Reno, I had been in the area for a few days and I bought a couple of things and I was trying to pack all
Stuff into my little bag and I was on a discount Airline and I had this moment where I I thought oh crap, I wonder if this bag is too big. So when I was looking I saw there was a place for me to put my bag in to measure it but I thought I don't want to do this at the gate that I'm at because they might spot me doing that and see that it doesn't work. So I actually walk three gates down and found. Their little container down there and and did the test and what luckily it fit but have you have you ever had any kind of baggage situation come up where you just were you find out? Oh crap. Now I have to pay this this fee to get through. Yeah, not really, you know, we're you know, we're not big fans of you don't travel light because you know, we travel as travel blogger. So we have you know, lots of I could never carry out my clothes because I have to carry out our camera equipment video equipment.
So some know we really haven't had that problem. I can't tell you about a little tip is when you're when you're weighing your suitcases, you know in the United States, they say you get 50 pounds, right 50 pound 50 pounds or 23 kilograms. And if you go if you wear your suitcase and measured by the kilograms, you actually get 50 points 7 pounds and I don't know of a single airline that ever will we'll say something to you long as you're under 23 kilograms, right? Your weight that way if you go by the kilograms, so you have a little weight scale at home that you use before you hit the road. Absolutely and we take it with us to when we go to a destination because you know, if you buy things like you don't want to be overweight. Yeah, that's very expensive. Yeah. It's one thing you don't want to do is you don't want to be overweight. I'm are like because it is so expensive. So that's it's better to take two suitcases and to take one over weights. You're so high and you
I really recommend Wing in your suitcase with a luggage scale at home before traveling to avoid that. I think I don't think you can like carry it on your bathroom scale because we hurt people do that and it's just not accurate enough. Yeah, and they end up getting the calendar and they're overweight and now you know, they're like, oh my God who I do seem like this tough trying to put it in their carry-on. Yeah, I get this. Did you ever see the movie up in the air? Yes. Yeah that that moment where he's ripping your bag over and she's He's throwing the stuff into the into the trash. You don't you don't want that scenario.
Attend our little luggage scale off Amazon and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. Right? Right. So something else I found interesting in your suggestions was in buying a plane ticket you talked about using incognito mode or the private browsing mode for price increases every that that an airline will actually raise the price on you if they see you coming. Into the site multiple times and doing comparison shopping if you have you had first-hand experience with that. Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I will just a miss last airline ticket. We brought it happen. Yes, so you can and you have been to articles I've seen people say that's not really true Airlines will deny it. I have first-hand experience that that's what happens not every every airline that every time but it does happen. So, you know do all your research, but you're ready to buy.
Going incognito mode or in some browsers called things in private mode and this will be no cookies are there and they won't know they'll think you're a first-time visitor and that will ensure you're getting the best price. Okay. So something else that we have to consider when we're going on a trip is money and I've fought this battle a few times during my first few trips to either the UK or to Europe. Where I'm like, okay, how do I get money? And I mean if I go to my bank and try to get money, they'll give me money at an exchange rate. That's probably a bit higher than I really want to spend. How do you guys handle money in terms of having it either when you get there figuring out how to get it when you get there or before you go? Yeah. They are experience. Absolutely the best way to get money.
To get it from a bank ATM when you're in the country and withdraw from my bank ATM preferably with the card that doesn't charge you any fees any of the kind that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees. Okay? Yeah or and if there's any kind of ATM fees that actually reimbursed as you and that's actually a Charles Schwab savings account, but there are times when you actually need the money before you even hit the country and in that case we buy just enough at Annie. Airport Airport Yeah, we're good. We tell a story in the book about not having money for a cab and the cab didn't take credit cards. Well, we actually got back to we actually hooked up when we were going to do boober. Oh, that's right from the train station to our hotel and it said number was in that country. But we got that country used to Slovakia. There was no longer available. That was not true either. Maybe it was at one point but it's that wasn't anymore and we had no money. It was only u.s. Money. We didn't have any of the local currency.
It was a Sunday was a Saturday don't do things or ATMs at the train station. So we're cutting them in the Texans didn't take Visa credit cards. Yeah, so I had wait. They're actually Tina went on a mission started walking down the streets actually find a bank ATM, you know how to find people who I could talk to who spoke English to direct me which direction to go for a bank. It was just so yeah it Our recommendation to go into a country with a little bit of the currency at least enough to get you to your your hotel. We were you going to be staying that first day is don't assume that Google will be available on those kind of ride sharing apps don't I wouldn't assume that the taxes take credit cards and don't assume they take will take American money. Although you know tips are everybody will take American money for tips. But alright, so we're back to pay attack see so get some onion and you can do it in an airport, you know.
You should exchange rates could be a little bit higher or you can do it from your bank Bank of America will actually you can actually order money online for Bank of America and they'll deliver it to your house. Okay, there's way that would have enough to get you to your to your to your hotel when you grab your new country that you're busy well and I'll give you another scenario which was when I went to France the last time and France seems to always be on strike for some reason and I got to I had this whole plan that I was going to ride. The rails everywhere that I went. And as soon as I landed and got two nice they said well, sorry but there's a strike today and then in two days is a holiday. So there's going to be limited runs of the train. So wouldn't you rather rent a car? And so I thought well, yeah I can rent a car but France is full of toll highways and I don't have any Euros. So, how am I going to pay for?
I don't know whether these tolls are gonna take credit cards or not take credit cards. So yeah, I mean there's there's definitely some scenarios. I luckily Google Maps allows you to check mark avoid tolls, but then you end up driving through the middle of nowhere to get to where you want to go. So you're right. Another thing that we kind of now recommend doing he mentioned in the book. Again, the first time you get to the new country, you know to get to your hotel is Lucas contact the hotel you're going to be staying at and ask them to help arrange transportation from the airport. Even that even that Bratislava Slovakia trip that where you're at, even though we got money out of the ATM eventually and guiding the cap the cap guy ripped us off. You know, he charged this way too much junk double. Yeah, that city is known for that.
And our hotel said, oh you should have asked us we would have called you a cab. And so you know, like now we're going to get really in two weeks. And when we get the airport, the hotel has been arranged for a driver or a cap to pick us up and a fixed even though it to be is already we know it's a fair fee so that whole headache of trying to get transportation to our hotel. Once we arrived in country is self because you know, we did it ahead of time. So that's something to consider. That's great. Yeah. I mean, we sometimes forget the resources that we have at our disposal and the hotel is going to want to have you have a great experience when you come to the country. So you come back again so soon and you know, I'm not saying you're once you're there you can do different things. But just when you first get off that plane last thing you want to do is try to figure out how you're going to get to your hotel and you didn't make sure you're not going to get Duh, and so that raging attempt and it's so easy because he just work over email with your with your destination. Well, another thing that I would throw in there if you're taking cards with you to rely on those is make sure your PIN numbers are working because I got all the way to Scotland and then found out that my PIN number wasn't working and I had to live off of those credit cards with no cash in my pocket for three days before I could finally We get to a bank where I could do a cash advance. Off of one of the cards and get the number of resets. Oh my God, it's rough because as Americans we think credit cards are taken everywhere in Europe. I mean Mexico Europe South America Cash is King. You're right. Yeah, it seems like hotels yet. You can probably use a credit card for but after that restaurants and stuff many of them don't take credit cards. One of the things that you talked about that that I found interesting was plotting out before your trip how you're going to get to your hotel and I think that's so important. I my first time driving in England, I was worried about driving on the left side of the road. So I would use Google street maps and I would kind of visualize
Is while going Click by click down the road, what's it going to be like to take a left turn and what's it going to be like to take a right turn and kind of get a feel for it that way but it also helped me when I went to Belgium because as I was driving in my the parking area was in a weird spot, so I find it kind of interesting that I could visualize it and see frame by frame where I was going to be exiting off and and the Tried to get comfortable with that but I also do that for four trains. Like if I am staying in town, like when I went to Amsterdam, I would make sure I went online and find that find out what trains are leaving a particular airport to get to the area that your your hotel is in. So is that is that the kind of thing that you that you normally do? And how do you research that? You just use Google to figure that out?
Google Maps also we use Google members of a lot, you know in the tip make sure you download the map. So it's available offline where you're going you may not have internet. So you stole money built into Google maps. Of course. I love you were referring in your discussion are at all up to the using the street view. Yeah little map. Yeah. Okay, that's so helpful. Then you can visually see what the building looks like that you're going to and so yeah. Well you do that a lot. Google on the street view is like that is really a cool feature. So let's talk a little bit about tipping because that's probably one of my biggest frustrations as an American is going to other countries and trying to figure out how much to tip whether I should tip because there are some countries where you know, it's actually seen as an insult to tip. How do you kind of prep yourself for figuring out how you're going to
Tipping from place to place. Yeah. Well, I'm a fan of a banana and there's apps out there for your phone. Use Global tips. You can download that for iOS or Android and you put in the country there and it'll tell you the tips for taxis for what it's customary for restaurants for tour guides element may be quarters of an amateur luggage because yeah, you know, not everybody is It's a generous is of Americans are in the u.s. You know, 15 20 % a lot of countries pay those people higher wages, right like in Europe your restaurant people don't make less money, but in the United States our waitstaff, they make less than minimum wage, right? So, you know feel for instance, you know in Ecuador a restaurant tip is like 5% not 15 or 20% like the US.
Tour guides people always wonder about what you pay for when you go on tour. What's the appropriate tip? So that's always difficult to an appellate Globe chips is a great app to use to kind of get information and you can Google it and by the country and see other things but you should do the research before you go. So one. You don't come across you don't over to you right waste your money into we don't under chip in to come across as a rude American great if you're American or you tip it. A country where that is extremely rude, there are three or four. Trees that typically is not. Okay, right Japan's itself. Korea may be minimal tips and in South Korea or China, but nothing huge worlds baby. They get this rude. So does this Global tips also give you ideas on customs and things that you should pay attention to be on tipping that are considered Rude versus not rude. No, they don't. Okay. That's where you want to do some research on the internet. There is a we recommended a book in our book that we found to be very good about Customs because one thing that you have to really be careful of when you're traveling abroad maybe not in Europe, but in the rest of the world is taking pictures of people there in beautiful clothing. They look, you know, beautiful they're very different but some people, you know, just having a photo taken it's against
Religion, they just don't like it. So you you need to ask if you could take a picture of somebody and you need to really kind of be aware of what might be a cultural. No. No, the series of books that does a good job of that you can buy on Amazon are called culture smart. Okay, that's the series of books and you know, yeah you make spend a little money or your time doing this research. But you know, if you research this kind of stuff and know stuff about your dish The nation country ahead of time. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable and obviously a make him write a book about a full country. It's too much for some ACT to tell you. Yeah, that's true. That's true. Well, let's talk about something else that I deal with, you know, I travel and need to still do business. So having internet is important to me. Do you how do you handle internet? Do you have any preparation?
Yeah, we pretty much exclusively use a device that Sky problem. Yes. It's called Sky Roman and it's a device that gives us access to the internet and over a hundred and fifty countries or hundred. I mean like 20 countries and it allows you to connect up to five devices to it. So when we travel we turn this on and we can connect our cell phones to it, you know iPad or computer and it gives us internet just about every country. We've traveled in you know, we live in Ecuador now so we have Ecuador cell phones. So we don't we go back to the us and this Skyrim saves us because we can use Skype or Whatsapp. If we need to make a phone call and then Google Maps works. Yeah, and the the beginning we're meeting of the fees are from maybe 699 $67 to nine dollars a day for unlimited internet using a Skyrim device and you can either buy the Skyrim or you
Rented you just go in I'm out for a week. You want to run it for a week? However, you know saying you can be that the states for four years the cell phone companies and the plans you can get the states now are so much different than when we left four years ago. Now we see people traveling and they just can add on an international plan for their cell phone when they travel and it's being maintained. It's reasonable to just do it that way, you know, it's not a phone calls you want access to when you're a Saying it's the data write the data plan. That's really where you want to be able to do something. You want to post something on Facebook or Instagram where you want to go out to Google and find out where a restaurants located or something. That's what we find. We use the most for our trip advisor to put double some of the top restaurants to look at. So yeah, I think having data is really valuable to us. Some people can get by though. It's just using the free internet after hotel or you know, if they go into a restaurant and that can work too. Yeah.
When I was in Ireland, I saw that there was a service there that you had to go to the Dublin Airport pick it up and then you can take it with you. Then. When you come back. You got to make sure you drop the piece of equipment off. So Sky Rome a piece of equipment that you purchased and you just always have it around and then you just activate it whenever you want to use it. Yes, that's exactly at you you purchase it or you can rent it. No since you in the mail and you just activated when you want if you activate a date past it's called Sea by a date. A pass for six to nine dollars depending, you know, if you want to buy quantity you get they have sales and get them cheaper and you just activate it for the day and it gives it an excellent actor for 24 hours. If you're traveling like for maybe the break even point is two weeks or more you can do a monthly for $99. You can activate it for a month and have unlimited access to data in 20 countries. Nice, but I don't recommend is buying a local Sim.
And just you know, we just we used to do that and we know people who do it now and it just never seems to work out and they seem to spend way too much money that's times. It's hard to understand. You know, people will say I bought a local SIM card and in a couple hours. I was out of date already men and who put money on your recharge it and you know, it's just weird how those things work. I don't really have a cake doing that. I don't think there's a need now. So of all the stuff that we talked about now, what have we met? Neglected what is something that you would say is probably top of the list thing that you should have on your checklist that we haven't really discussed here. I think I alluded to it in the beginning when I said we missed a cruise but you know planning a day in advance. Let's say you're going to France and you need to be there on the third. That's the first day you're you everything is starting, you know, get there on the second because
Your if along the way one of your flights are canceled or delayed your trip will still be great, you know, so go in a day early we even do that in the United States. We have another problem in the us where we didn't miss a whole day, but we actually got to our destination 12 hours late, which because we're bloggers that meant we missed 12 hours something we shouldn't of yeah, I mean if you have it's just really give a tour planned you're going to go off in a tour group, you know, you don't want
That start of it so you may want to go on a date early Airlines. They consistently now more than ever over booked their flights and they rarely do we see like seats empty on an airline. We fly now and there's not as many Alternatives flights available 1 gets cancelled. So I think you need to you know, if getting their day late jeopardize something of your trip. You should plan on getting there a day early you go and you mentioned something called are help which I had not heard of before have you heard that have you used that and kind of Describe what that is. Yeah, so are help is an app. You can download actually, I think you can do it Ash on the website to are health.com. And what they'll do is if you had a problem with the flight like it was it was delayed for a really long time. It was canceled. They had mechanical problem. They lost your luggage. There's a bunch of different reasons, you know, just Airline problems. What you do is you go into the app you put in your information the airline your flight number.
What happened and the app will come back and tell you if you have a claim that is justifiable. And then what they'll do especially with European flights and there are rules are so much more strict and on the side of the traveler, but it's also a new S2, but Europe is even better with the new come back until you have a claim to get money back for you know for damages. Maybe you had to get a relay for 15 hours and it caused me to miss something. Or you had to pay for meals and they are perfect. If you had to wait a long time where you can never get a hotel it will come back until you have a claim and then they'll file the claim on your behalf. And they take then a commission like they need things like 15% but they do all the work for you and you tell you if you have a claim so it's easy to go on and just see if you if you have a oscillating getting money back or not. A lot of people really don't know, you know, the airline gives you a couple of
Truce for a restaurant because they Something's Happened and you accept that but in reality you might be owed more. Yeah there never can tell you what you're really entitled to but I law right? Okay. Good good man. We have got just a ton of great information here. I really appreciate you guys passing along all this information. So how can people get the book and how can people keep in touch with you and where you're traveling to? Yeah, well, first of all, our blog is retire early and travel.com and you can go there and check out all our latest adventures and where we're going and what we're doing and not only I travel to just travel tips travel destinations and articles on how to retire early and what we've done to be able to retire early and you can also find us on YouTube. We do a lot a YouTube video at least for every destination we go to Berkeley I've every social media
Kiss anywhere very good and you can go to Amazon to get our book. It's a travel checklist of the most important things. You need to know before traveling domestically or abroad or just type in Keith and Tina Paul and will come up. All right, perfect. And then I will also put all of these links on the show notes page and also all these other apps and things that we've talked about on the show. I'll put the the links to the ones that we talked about and then Look to your book as well. So that people can get that because like I say, it's just full of a ton of really good information. Even if you've been traveling for a while. I found a lot of stuff in there that I thought. Wow, that's great. It's somebody else's perspective and you know, we all kind of find our own tools that work right for us, but there are some out there that you know, how are you going to find out about them unless you you talk to people or do some reading and and so you got some great
Of out there. Yeah, you know one last thing is we encourage people to email us to have any questions about where we traveled or what we did or early retirement what happened to our door. We probably just this last month. We met we actually had three different people over to our house here in Ecuador that we met via the internet who people who wanted to come and possibly live in Ecuador and sweet. We love meeting people and helping people retire early in that. So, please feel free to email us with any questions you have. Get her email address our website. Perfect. Perfect. Well, thank you so much for sharing your Today and giving us such great information food for thought and for putting this book together so that people can get a better idea of how to stay out of issues that they might run into and have much more fun doing the traveling instead of worrying that they've missed something. I appreciate you guys sharing your time and your information. Yeah. Well, thanks for having us and roll. Thank you Jeff. Well, I hope you got some great information out of the show this week and have to Travel Fuels Life.com / podcasts and look for season 2 episode number 5 to get all of the apps and all of the information that we have out there for you from this week's episode and I'll even put a link out there to my European travel checklist. It's something that I did just to have something to go back and refer to each time. I plan on.
Trip to Europe to look out three months ahead a month ahead and make sure that I have all of the stuff that I'm going to need taking care of for the trip including that stuff that you want to make sure that you have packed stuff like stopping your mail all that that fun stuff. So if you like checklist this one you can just adapt it to work with however you do things, but for me, it's invaluable to check that thing before I go out the trip. Also if you go And get Kate.
Amazon and normally be harping on that a lot with my book comes out. Those reviews are very important to help people find these great resources. So make sure that you do that for those guys as well. And don't forget if you haven't checked out whiskey lore and the whiskey lower podcast you can do that right now. It's up season one is available. I am starting season 2 in March. So make sure that you're subscribed for that if you love whiskey and you love history one of the other or both Both, it's a great show. I hope you will check that out until next time safe travels everybody and thanks for listening to Travel Fuels Life.