Just what is a suica? No, it isn’t the Japanese word for “watermelon.” Although, I am craving a watermelon right now. Anyways, a suica is god’s gift to the Japanese transportation system.
The bullet train (shinkansen) is a great way to travel between the many prefectures of Japan. Today`s edition will discuss when you should arrive to take the bullet train.
It is extremely important to make sure you and the taxi driver (or private car driver) to agree on a negotiated rate (if you are traveling long distance) before you get in the car. I have heard stories of drivers ripping people off refuse to let the passengers out unless they give them more money.
I always make a point to make photocopies of important travel documents such as my passport and the front side of the credit cards I will be using internationally. I also make sure to have a list of important phone numbers saved in my carry-on bag and hidden in my roller. As an extra precaution, I have also scan these documents into PDF and are saved in my Gmail. You will never know if you lose an important travel document overseas and need to get them reissued. But having these should make the process easier.
Always and I mean always double check to see when your passport expires. Certain countries have very strict rules about granting entry into their country if your passport is expired or about to expire.
When you are traveling, please remember to be nice to people especially when you need help. You will be amazed at how far some people will help you if you are friendly and courteous.
So do yourself a favor and be nice to people when you travel, you will never know when you need their help.
I always fill out my immigration cards/forms before landing. Why, you ask? Because it will help you get processed quicker. I normally fill them out right after the cabin crew distributes them so I don’t have to worry about it later. After I complete the card/form, I always put it together with my passport and then put it away so I don’t lose it.
There is something that I don’t understand after traveling internationally… why don’t people have pens?! I mean, if you are traveling internationally and you are a tourist, why wouldn’t you carry a pen? I think that people tend to forget that they need to fill out immigration cards before they are granted entry into a country. I always carry at least 2 pens with me in my carry on/and or purse. For one thing, I know that I will have to fill out immigration forms and 2, I like keeping a travel journal.
I think this is a personal preference for some, but I like to keep my passport in a case whenever I travel. I currently use this passport cover but I will be switching over to this one because the new one will have a pouch where I can keep my coins and it will protect my passport better. I also know a few people who had to get their passports re-issued because they either left it out for the elements to destroy (rain) or their pet thought it was a new toy. Not only that, a passport case definitely makes it easier for me to spot my passport when I leave it in my purse and need to get access to it right away.
For anyone who travels frequently internationally, it would be a great idea to get Global Entry. According to the Customs and Borders’ Protection website, “Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.”