Dear Diva Readers,
oday we are talking about money, money, money… Before a client leaves on an international trip I am always sharing a slew of hints and tips of things they should know before they go. Today I’m sharing with you a list my Diva Guide Jennifer in Paris helped me compile of important Money Matters.
° Notify your credit card companies of your travel plans/dates so they do not put a fraud alert on your card and stop it. We see this problem happening repeatedly…even if people have heard this advice, they don’t call their credit card company because they assume they will be fine. Until they are trying to pay for their purchase in Europe, only to receive that frown and shrug from the cashier…card denied.
° Consider increasing your daily cash withdrawal limit as many antique dealers prefer cash – remember if you are working with a shipper you can often pay your shipper for your larger purchases with credit card for a minimum transaction fee.
° Carry a copy of your passport for id and shopping purchases (détaxe in France)
° Ask for a letter from the vendor stating that your new purchase is over 100 years old to avoid paying US duty (exemption for antiques)
° Ask your cell phone phone provider if your phone works in the countries you will be visiting, consider changing your plan if you will need it but do be aware of the additional cost
° Be extra careful with your wallet and smartphones and never leave your purse unattended in a café
° Leave the bling at home, big jewels are not worn as much in Europe plus without the jewels you may get better prices at the market!
° Okay this has nothing to do with money but since we were discussing your jewelry we might as well discuss fashion! Weather can change quickly, pack light layers, trench coat, sunglasses and a travel umbrella. Also save the high heels for dinner and taxis, traveling equals walking so bring comfortable yet stylish shoes.
° Leave a list of credit card numbers etc with a trusted friend so if something does happen you will know exactly who you need to contact
° Consider purchasing travel insurance. If you need it, you will be REALLY glad you did!
° If you rent a car, GPS can be really helpful and worth the extra cost.
° Make sure you have your pin codes for your credit cards as often in Europe you have to pin not sign for purchases.
° Remember in Holland and Belgium many places (grocery stores, small restaurants and shops) don’t accept credit cards. Have plenty of cash at hand, so probably that means you should increase your daily withdrawal limit as recommended above!
Your Team at The Antiques Diva & Co ®