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Jun 13th, 2014, 02:07 PM
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That sounds like a piece of advice from Viz.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 02:25 PM
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What's Viz.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 06:21 PM
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I take a photo of my name and hotel on my camera in case it gets lost.
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Jun 15th, 2014, 08:29 AM
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On my last trip, my checked suitcase was lost for a couple of days. Fortunately Lufthansa provided a packet with necessary items such as deodorant, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a long t-shirt to use as sleepwear, and even a foldable hair brush.

I always carry medication in my purse and/or carry-on, but on my next trip I'll be more careful to think through and bring everything I will need in case my checked suitcase is delayed.
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Jun 15th, 2014, 08:32 AM
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Goddess-I always plug the bogus numbers in AFTER the transaction is finished in case there is a magnetic reader on the machine.
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Jun 15th, 2014, 10:53 AM
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I just learned that Viz is an adult comic book that offers "tongue-in-cheek top tips":
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...me-best-427354
For example:
EMPLOYERS: Avoid hiring unlucky people by immediately tossing half the CVs into the bin.

The ATM advice does not make sense.
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Jun 16th, 2014, 04:00 AM
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The ATM advice does not make sense.

I agree.
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Jun 17th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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If you have ever had your ATM/debit card copied overseas after a transaction then it makes perfect sense. You finish your ATM transaction and before walking away, you put 4 bogus numbers in on the pad folowed by the "enter" button.Then if anyone has put a magnetic reader on the ATM machine (which happens frequently in various countries of the world)your real PIN numbers will not be compromised for your account.
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Jun 17th, 2014, 09:41 PM
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By the time you enter/select the amount of cash you want the card has been read and the valid PIN has been entered. If both the mag stripe on your card and your PIN entry have been fraudulently recorded then it is game over. The fake PIN entry does no good.

Here is how it works:
http://www.cibcfcib.com/uploads/pdf/...esentation.pdf
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Jun 18th, 2014, 12:33 AM
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reading this thread there must be a heck of a lot of folk living in complete fear that travelling outwith their own country nothing is going to work, folk are going to rip you off,fire flood and a civil unrest is rife.
My advice is keep your head screwed on, sh*t happens be prepared to deal with it , things won't be the same as at home so be prepared for that, you can live without facecloths for a couple of weeks.in Europe the banking systems and credit /debit card security is way in advance of anything the US can offer so ask your banks to "get with it".
embrace the differences ,try and chill and don't try and do everything.
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Jun 19th, 2014, 09:09 AM
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If you are carrying a hotel card in a different alphabet than you're used to, make sure it actually has usable information. In Lijiang a few years ago, our card for the Crowne Plaza said Crowne Plaza Lijiang in Mandarin, but it contained no address information at all. The taxi drivers from the airport did not know where this hotel was and had to call it in order to take us there.
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Jun 19th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Always have written confirmation of your hotel reservations with you.
Sounds obvious, but twice over the years we had to show proof.
Once, in Rome, we beat out another couple who didn't have written confirmation for the last room.
Another time, in the Netherlands, the hotel had lost our reservations and they were forced (very grudgingly) to upgrade us to an elite suite as all regular rooms were sold out.
And once, in Paris, we were charged a much higher rate than we were booked for. Took a bit of arguing, but we got our price.
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Jun 20th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Always buy travelers insurance. Most domestic insurance policies don't cover foreign charges. Don't be left w/o coverage. We bought a policy last fall for about $50.00 which fully covered my wifes hospitalization while in Bangkok. She is fine thank God and it saved about 6k. Now if you are in say Europe the bills would be much more. Spend a few bucks and get good coverage.
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Jun 21st, 2014, 09:58 AM
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By the time you enter/select the amount of cash you want the card has been read and the valid PIN has been entered. If both the mag stripe on your card and your PIN entry have been fraudulently recorded then it is game over. The fake PIN entry does no good.

Here is how it works:
http://www.cibcfcib.com/uploads/pdf/Guides/Skimming%20presentation.pdf


Aye.

The ATM advice makes no sense.
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Jun 24th, 2014, 07:57 PM
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aliced, I found your suggestion and I agree. While I travel with a tablet or laptop, I don't carry it around with me. I'm vicious with travel guide books though! I just tear out the pages I need and then toss them away at the end of the day. I never bring a travel book home with me but they sure get well-used while I'm away!
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