A comprehensive handbook for the first-time international globetrotter, Prepare, Travel, Return contains the cumulative knowledge of hundreds of travelers and travel resources all geared toward towards one goal: helping you prevent disasters, pitfalls and emergencies before you set foot overseas.
This expert travel preparation and execution handbook explains:
• How to register your trip with the US State Department
• Differences between travel alerts and warnings
• How to obtain an International Driving Permit
• Types of visas and how to obtain them
• How to clear immigration and customs checkpoints
• How to prove you’ve had necessary travel vaccinations
• How a US embassy can assist in an emergency abroad
• How to claim a value-added tax refund
• How and where to obtain traveler’s insurance
• Benefits of hiring a licensed tour guide
• How to enroll in US Trusted Traveler Programs
• Travel tips, packing advice, traveler discounts, must-download travel apps, and more!
Whether you’re a student preparing for a semester overseas, a honeymooning couple leaving American soil for the first time, or a retiree planning a global adventure, Prepare, Travel, Return is a must-have for all tenderfoot travelers!
Targeted Age Group:: 16 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been pick-pocketed in Austria, had my bank account hacked and emptied in South Africa, obtained the wrong visa in the United Kingdom, been severely sick from food poisoning in Brazil, ran out of money from overspending, and much more. Not-so-impressive by any standards. But these are the experiences from which all travelers gain wisdom. That wisdom is, don’t do that stupid thing next time. Fortunately for others, my experience in making travel mistakes is vast, and, after having visited 23 countries on 5 continents, I have gained a wealth of knowledge to pass on. I share all of this in the hopes of communicating my ultimate purpose for writing this book: to prepare the next generation of novice travelers to avoid disasters, confusion, pitfalls, and emergencies before getting on that plane. When it comes to travel, there is no such thing as being over-prepared. Your journey will still have plenty of twists, turns, and utterly confusing metro maps to make the experience unforgettable, no matter how many guidebooks you peruse. If there is one major lesson which I hope all my readers take away from this book, it is this. Preparing for your journey in the most thorough way possible will not diminish your experiences abroad. It will enhance them.
Getting More Bang for your Buck at US Customs
To avoid paying the maximum amount in duties legally, a smart traveler needs to think ahead and utilize the rules that have been set forth.
►Joint Declaration. Any family members who live in the same household may combine their personal exemptions together. While you’ll still technically be getting the same total value in exemptions as you would separately, this rule would allow one family member to carry goods of a higher value than their own personal exemption alone without having to pay customs duties. For example, if a mother and daughter each had a $800 personal exemption, the mother could carry in items totaling $900 in value and the daughter could have $700 in goods without paying any customs duties.
►Even if you have the ability to use an exemption because you have not utilized one in the past 30 days, you may choose to forego it and pay the customs duties anyway. This would be a preferable option for the frequent traveler who has an upcoming trip from which he or she will return in the next 30 days. Perhaps you plan to purchase more expensive items on the second trip and would like to apply your exemption at that time. You must inform CBP that you wish to pay the duty on your imports. Keep your receipt as proof of payment on future trips.
►Have extra traveler’s checks left over that you can’t seem to use up? Pay for your customs duties with one, so long as it is not over the amount you owe by more than $50. Other forms of payment include US dollars, personal check, or money order. In some airports, credit card payment may also be available. Foreign currency is not accepted.
About the Author:
Bailey Richert is an author, speaker and travel expert who explores the world and shares her experiences with others through written word, photography and video. Her personal mantra regarding travel is that it should be fun, eye-opening and exhilarating – not full of worry, anxiety and stress. But, she recognizes this is what many first-time travelers feel when thinking about their upcoming adventure. After engaging in many trips, totaling 23 countries on 5 continents visited at present, Bailey has accumulated a massive wealth of travel knowledge that she now finds extreme passion in sharing with other people. Through her blog, books, online courses and seminars, Bailey hopes to equip travelers with the knowledge they need to properly prepare for their time overseas.
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