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Here are six common travel problems we help our clients avoid.

1. You arrive at the airport for your international flight. You didn’t think to look at the expiration date on your passport. You are denied boarding. You didn’t know about the Six Month Validity Passport Rule. … Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. That means if your passport has less than six months remaining until the expiration date, you should renew it right away!

2. Your name on your airline ticket does not match your passport or driver’s license. You are denied boarding. The name on the airline

ticket must match the name on the photo ID presented at the TSA airport checkpoint. Misspellings can also cause you to be denied boarding.

3. You are divorced and share custody of your minor child. You have planned a wonderful vacation out of the country. You arrive at the airport or cruise port and are denied boarding because you don’t have permission from the other parent to take the child out of the country. A notarized letter of consent will be required for children who travel without one or both of their parents or legal guardians.

4. Your vacation is cut short because you or your travel companion has injured themselves or becomes sick while on the trip. Before you are admitted into a foreign hospital, advance payment is required. You didn’t bother to purchase travel insurance. You should have bought the low cost insurance policy called “Pack and Go”. “Pack and Go” covers you for unexpected expenses when your trip begins.

5. You can’t wait to visit the Anne Frank House is Amsterdam or Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. No one told you advance tickets are required and available 60 days in advance.

6. You booked your flights through what you thought was a US carrier and didn’t notice that you are actually traveling on an airline partner. For some reason you can’t select your seats until 24 hours before check in! This is called a codeshare agreement. Typically, a flight is operated by one airline (technically called an “administrating carrier”[1]) while seats are sold for the flight by all cooperating airlines using their own designator and flight number. Be aware when you book these codeshare flights.

We know because we go. We are travel experts!

Next Month: Small yacht cruising in Croatia.