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In a week I'm headed off to Algarve (Southern Portugal) and then the Azores Islands. Haven't been to Europe in, oh, a couple of decades.

World traveler types/power-tourists, any advice on general travel logistics, dumb things that trip ppl up, what to pack, local Euro-oddness that befuddles Yanks, foiling pickpockets, stuff everyone forgets but needs, etc etc.?

'Cuz I just know I'm forgetting something. :eek:
 

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Have at least two credit cards in case one is compromised and shut off. Be sure to call the credit card company and tell them you will be overseas. Get a card that doesn't charge any foreign transaction fees.
 
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*** Credit cards generally have the best currency exchange rates, so use them whenever reasonably possible.

*** Scan your passport, ID, and other important info. You are a savvy guy and will be able of devise your own "security" system which will allow you to retrieve if (misplaced, lost, stolen, etc.) needed. Worrying while on vacation sucks.

*** Limit yourself to a backpack and carry-on if possible ... rolling v folding a big space saver. Don't forget a large ziplock bag for the wet stuff. Pack a few clothes hangers ... the new dry-fit stuff dries overnight ... almost no one is going to remember what you had it on yesterday.

!!!!Have fun/make memories and post your best picture here once you get back. International travel helps put a lot of things into perspective.
 

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Stay off of Algarve’s en125.
 

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Call your bank and the credit card issuer and let them know you're heading overseas. Sudden activity outside the States could present an issue if they are not prompted. I get security alerts before they shut off my cards. If I'm not in a good cell strength zone... oops. DOA. Your phone work in europe?
 

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Check your laptop and phone chargers to see what you need to adapt them to Europe.

I like cargo shorts/pants and keep my wallet/important stuff in the front pockets. Thieves can get into backpacks so I keep my camera in a belt pack and wear it in front.

Broken-in comfortable shoes.

Extra pair of glasses if you wear them. Prescription drugs?

$200 camera with super zoom (like 24x) is good enough for travel photos while relatively small and easy to carry. Not too expensive if lost/stolen.
 

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No tipping required. Very refreshing to get the check in a restaurant or whatever and know that's the price you actually have to pay.
 

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No tipping required. Very refreshing to get the check in a restaurant or whatever and know that's the price you actually have to pay.
Yeah, after waiting 30 minutes for, say, a condiment and another 30 minutes for your tab when you're done. The euro dining experience can be frustrating if you're not into the three hour dinner event that some areas do nightly.
 

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Two smart credit cards. It is so easy to use them and they don't leave your table or hands. The whole carry a lot of cash is obsolete. Get cash from your credit card at an ATM. Universal power adapter for all countries is about 10 bucks on ebay or amazon.

One carry on and one small pack.
I used one that you could sling in the front of you.
Bring a couple of small detergent packs and wash in the tub. Wring out, wrap in towel and squeeze, and hang up.
Keep your wallet at home and use a slimline that you can put in your front pocket or carry around your neck.
Unless you are really into photography, a smart phone is pretty good to document your trip.
Plan 70 percent of what you want to see before you go, and adapt when you get there for the other 30 percent.
You only need about 4 days of clothes. Wash and repeat. One pair of shoes, good walking shoes.
Keep one credit card and passport in your room safe, keep your other credit card and copy of passport on your person.
Ask locals where they eat.
 

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How much to tip in Portugal - Portugal Travel Tips
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....In many Portuguese cafes, the locals pay the exact price for their coffee or their coffee and pastry. For them, tipping is reserved for fancy restaurants, and even then some people don’t even think about adding a tip to their bill. So, the fact is, you don’t have to tip in Portugal but I always do when I can.
 

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fun! enjoy the trip.
contact your CC companies/bank and let them know of your itinerary.
have at least 2 color copies of your passport. put them somewhere safe.
have a small backpack to take with you during the day - don't let it leave your sight.
dont wear white socks.
try to avoid baseball caps.
don't be an American a-hole.
be polite. don't flash money around. the locals can already tell you're an American. Americans are known to have money.
try to learn the language a bit. if you need a bathroom, look for the "WC" signs (that one took me awhile for some reason).
beaches are nude. don't get "excited". :)
do some research..find out where you're going....most of the lonely planet books are pretty good.
consider travel insurance from World Nomads...just in case. Its cheap. They reimburse very well.
Dont take more than 3oz. liquids on the plane. Some international flights serve free booze.
Take a good pair of walking shoes. Use them.
That's all I've got.
 

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Check your laptop and phone chargers to see what you need to adapt them to Europe.

I like cargo shorts/pants and keep my wallet/important stuff in the front pockets. Thieves can get into backpacks so I keep my camera in a belt pack and wear it in front.

Broken-in comfortable shoes.

Extra pair of glasses if you wear them. Prescription drugs?

$200 camera with super zoom (like 24x) is good enough for travel photos while relatively small and easy to carry. Not too expensive if lost/stolen.
Most modern charging cords use 210-220V now...but always good advice to check the charger. A plug adapter is useful. We've got a couple of these which work well... https://www.amazon.com/MX-UC1-Prote...qid=1470621331&sr=8-4&keywords=travel+adapter

this post makes me want to plan our next trip...
 

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I use a Travelex debit card. I load it up with what I need and use it for daily stuff like meals, public transportation, etc. It has a chip and a pin so you just insert it at the counter, check the amount, enter your pin, and done. Most times the receipt will give you balance on the card. I only put 300 or so euros on it at any one time. If it's stolen, they have a replacement to you within 24 hours.

If your regular credit card isn't chipped, get it updated.

I got my adapter plug at Walmart.
 

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Make a couple copies of your passport. Leave one with a friend, stick the other in your suitcase or wherever you're not carrying your passport. Passports are high on many thief's shopping list, so be careful with it. If it does get stolen the embassy can easily replace it if you have a copy, or someone (your friend) can fax them a copy.

Definitely call your credit card companies. I always use an ATM card to get cash, CC start charging interest on cash withdrawals the minute you get your cash.

One of those around your neck wallets are useful.
 

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Learn some of the language(s) if you don't already speak it.

Just try not to look too american and you'll be fine. Wich is very hard of course,because we can spot you guys in a 100K people crowd...

I can spot Europeans from a mile away. They don't blend b/c they're too impossibly good-looking and well-dressed to be Americans.
 

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I can spot Europeans from a mile away. They don't blend b/c they're too impossibly good-looking and well-dressed to be Americans.
Plus, y'know, Euro body odor.
 
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