abroad offers the opportunity to learn about other people: Be open,
receptive and accepting of the differences between your country
and the host country.
reservations. Due to operations, airlines may change the flight
number and/or departure time with short notice. Please call the
airline BEFORE going to the airport. Make sure we have registered
the name of a contact person and their telephone number in case
tickets. Always check your tickets when you receive them and
after you have checked in with the airline to ensure your return
tickets are still intact. If you notice a problem call us or go
back to the ticket agent who helped you at the airport.
Taxes. Have between US$15-25.00 per person available. Taxes
are collected at departure time and cannot be prepaid.
Very helpful when traveling abroad, but very important to check
with your local bank or credit card Company to ensure that your
card is accepted in that country and your personal identification
number (PIN) will work. You should also ask if any charges would
be applied for using a foreign ATM.
Island Tips. Wear hat, sunglasses and sunscreen during first
few days on island. We strongly recommend to travel with your passport.
Motorists drive on the left in the Caribbean.
Bring layered clothing-you will find it very convenient if your
itinerary includes mountains, deserts and jungles.
Bring these with you when traveling with electrical appliances;
however some destinations (i.e. Amazon Jungle) may not have electricity!
Most hotels, shops and restaurants accept all major credit cards.
Make sure to keep records of your credit card numbers in case of
loss. Some facilities will ask for proper identification.
of Currency. All major hotels have an exchange service. Some
shopping and dining facilities will also exchange dollars. Consult
with your guide or at your hotel. Please do NOT exchange money in
the street. This makes you vulnerable to theft or to receive counterfeit
tapes. Bring plenty of them as in some places it may be costly
or unavailable for your needs. It is also wise to bring an extra
camera / recorder battery because the exact one needed may be difficult
to locate. For rainforest, jungle areas film ASAE 400 or more is
It is a good idea to have a small first aid kit with you when you
travel. It should include Band-Aids, medicated cream, antiseptic
spray, aspirin, antacids and/or upset stomach reliever and cold
Be sure to reconfirm your domestic and international flight reservations
as soon as you arrive in each country. If you have arranged for
transfer services with a local ground operator, they will reconfirm
the flights for you and advise you of any changes. When a flight
in the U.S. is cancelled, go to a phone booth and call the airline's
toll-free number to make a confirmed reservation on another flight.
At that point you can line up at the counter to have your ticket
within foreign countries (non-US). If a flight is cancelled
or delayed beyond a reasonable time while you are waiting for the
plane-if you leave the airport, be sure to get your ticket back
from the counter agent. This will help with any refunds or exchanges.
(Above 2500 meter or 7500 feet above sea level). When visiting high
altitude destinations, remember:
- To rest
for at least two hours upon arrival
- To drink
more fluids. Avoid alcohol and refrain from smoking for the first
- To bring
sunscreen. Both the altitude and in some cities, the nearness
to the equator increases the possibility of sunburn.
- Those temperatures
may be quite cool in the early morning and in the evening, with
significant warming during the day.
Please check with your personal physician first. Conditions vary
from time to time and regulations between countries differ. Example:
no immunizations are needed from the U.S. to Colombia or to Brazil;
but you do need immunizations if you go from Colombia to Brazil!
Please make sure you are fully protected with health and/or accident
insurance. Some policies may not cover you while abroad. *M*I*L*A*
strongly recommends flight insurance and trip cancellation or interruption
Be sure to use MILA luggage tags in order to facilitate identification
of luggage at airports and hotels. Bring an extra, expandable bag,
for the numerous handicrafts and unique gifts available aborad!
Make sure to check with each airline for current luggage limitations
(size, weight and number of pieces).
Meal times vary from country to country. In some lunch is usually
taken between 1 and 2 p.m., with dinner at about 9 p.m. However,
most hotels have 24-hour service for your convenience.
If you are on prescribed medication, make sure to bring adequate
supply. Keep your medicine in its original container. Carry a copy
of your doctor's prescription for all medicines, eyeglasses and
- Use insect
repellent and long-sleeved shirts and pants to prevent insect
- Avoid walking
barefoot, particularly in the tropics.
plenty of bottled water and other fluids prevent heat exhaustion.
- Wear cool,
light colored clothing made of porous fabrics like cotton to allow
adequate ventilation and prevent prickly heat rash.
Make sure it has at least 6 months validity beyond your date of
return. Please complete the information regarding who to contact
in case of emergency. Keep a photocopy of your passport at home
or office and travel with an extra photocopy. Check with the nearest
consulate or with *M*I*L*A* regarding visa requirements.
Mountains? Jungle? Ski Resorts? Pack only pertinent items for the
duration of the excursion. Most hotels have storage facilities available
which are safe for your remaining luggage.
Your guide, driver, waiter, porter bellman, hotel maid may deserve
a tip for their service. Rarely tips are included at restaurants.
Tip according to service received.
Local children love to have their picture taken. Please do not give
them money as a token. Instead, be prepared and take pencils, crayons,
chewing gum, candies, etc.
with Children. Be sure to explain the itinerary clearly. Be
sure they have a willingness to leave home. Know the children's
eating habits. Know the children's medical history. Selected hotels
can and do provide babysitting service.
Tips for your Honeymoon
news! Be proud about your status - you're likely to enjoy special
treatment such as complimentary champagne in flight, or a gift basket
in your room or cabin.
early. The sooner the better. Identify your destination and
get exactly what you want. Get information on what there is to see
and do. Reserve your air first and ASAP! Call MILA/BTR 800.367.7378
planning. Select a destination aDiscuss places and activities
a Negotiate a Decide. MILA/BTR can help. Call 800.367.7378
Set a tentative
budget. Air, hotel, taxi, tours, theatre, helicopter rides,
fun activities, tips, departure taxes, and meals: all are part of
the budget!! Call us - we will help you in planning a realistic
Use a travel
consultant. MILA/BTR will not charge you for our services, expertise
or our technology. Our travel consultants will work with you in
for your honeymoon with BridalTravelRegistry. Give your friends
and relatives the option of a wedding gift via Honeymoon Travel
Gift Certificates. MILA/BTR will assist you with the promotion of
your Travel Registry.
Planning to take your spouse's name? You may not have time to
amend your passport, driver's license, etc., until after you've
returned from your honeymoon. Use your maiden name on visas, airline
tickets, etc., so they match your name as it appears on your official
Put your name and address inside your bags as well as outside. Carry
medicines, bathing suit, cosmetics and other basic essentials on
board. Get new camera batteries before departing on your trip, take
plenty of film, check what documents you will need to leave and
enter your home country.
for Weddings Abroad
MILA/BTR can help with the arrangements of your wedding abroad from
identifying procedures and requirements to sending your 1st and
2nd announcements to your guests, obtaining group air and land prices
and then help you with your Honeymoon.
Requirements. Most destinations require some residency before
the marriage can be performed.
Passports, visas, birth certificates, divorce decrees and death
certificates may be required. Be prepared!
Laws and Procedures. Every country has different laws regarding
foreign marriage. The best source of detailed information is through
that country's Consulate or Embassy.
guidelines on Marriage in Jamaica. 24-hour residency with proof
of residency status (passport or airline tickets), no blood tests
required, and individuals may apply directly through their hotel
of at the Ministry of National Security and Justice. CRUISE PASSENGERS
CAN NOT MARRY IN JAMAICA!!
guidelines on Marriage in Mexico. Only civil marriage is recognized
as legal, no residence requirements (present tourist card and/or
visa and passport), and small fee, divorced persons can not marry
in Mexico until one year after the finalization of the divorce.
guidelines on Marriage in St. Lucia. Passport, birth certificate,
proof of absolute if one of the parties is divorced are all required
documents, must complete an application to be married to the Attorney
General who will issue the marriage license after two days of residency.
There are notaries' fees, marriage license fees, registrar fees,
and the cost of the marriage certificate.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 800.367.7378
Europe in & after 2002
A new challenge.
beginning January, 2002, the Euro will replace current notes and
coins. Become familiar with the Euro prior to your trip. Visit http://europa.eu.int
28, 2002 national banknotes and coins will be withdrawn from use
(end of dual circulations period). Therefore,
spend the old currency NOW!
Exchange your dollars at Banks or at well known authorized currency
and accurate information for each Euro country. Please visit
the national euro website, during and after 2002.
Do not pack medicine, eyeglasses, important documents and/or jewelry
in your check-in luggage, don't bring good/expensive jewelry or
dangling earrings, do not wait for the rush hour hotel departure
time (try to settle your account prior to your scheduled hotel departure),
do not be impatient (expect delays!)
on the Euro?
"money" equivalents in any world currency?
Need to renew
or get a new US passport?
time of any world clock?
tips for honeymoon, weddings abroad or in general?
Need visa requirements?
for all deluxe individual & group travel arrangements * 1.800.367.7378