Introduction to International Travel Presentation from FTU

Here are the slides from my Introduction to International Travel session at Frequent Traveler University.

I tried to make the slides mostly stand alone, please post any questions in the comments and I will expand on the info.

Thanks to all who attended.

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  • Gene

    Great presentation. I’m sad that I wasn’t able to make it to your session this weekend.

  • Papa Smurf

    Your FTU sessions were great. Very informative.
    Unfortunately the slides are not showing on the iPad (Flash plugin?)

  • JB

    Schwab promises International ATM fee reimbursement but the way the fees are processed confuses their system and so I have not seen it happen. So you have to submit your ATM receipts – but if it does not explicitly say you were charged a convenience fee or ATM fee on the receipt (almost all don’t) – its useless.
    Frustrating reality of an otherwise great bank.

  • I’ve had great luck with Schwab debit card – always had my ATM fees reimbursed and never had to submit a receipt

  • Joey

    Hey Stefan, that was an awesome presentation! I didn’t know much about VPNs before but will certainly try witopia.

  • Jamie

    Great slides. Looking forward to your talk in Chicago.
    I wonder if there are further pitfalls with generic drug names – i.e. Tylenol=acetaminophen in the US. In the UK they don’t know what tylenol is and the generic name is paracetamol. This is the only example I know of, but if you have crucial medication, I would do bit of research to be sure that even the generic name is the same in the country you are traveling to.
    VPN, and Charles Schwab debit card are on my list of to dos. Thanks for the reminder!

  • puck

    Enjoyed your presentation. Nice change from the usual stuff presented at FTU.

  • Scott S


    This presentation was the most informative and best handled session of the entire FTU. The only question I regret asking for future content is how to handle allergy issues in countries where you don’t speak the native tongue. I know about the company that sells the cards, but in practice, I don’t know how effective they are. My shellfish allergy isn’t terrible, I do have some inhalation issues, but it’s not life threatening that I know of. Could I comfortably travel to most Asian countries with a shellfish allergy?

  • @Scott S – we have quite a bit of experience with that in a family of Asia travelers with shellfish allergies. My father is most severe and carries an epipen. You can certainly travel around Asia, you just need to be alert. The local language allergy cards will help. The times we have had issues is where seafood is in the sauce, like oyster sauce, or say, small dried shrimp is used as a garnish. Even if you speak the language, if you tell the staff no seafood, they may say that is not seafood since it is not principally a seafood dish. Always taste gingerly and peck around complicated dishes to see what is there. Before you go, see a qualified doctor to determine if you need to carry an medicine. Absolutely do not let it scare you away from Asia, worst case you can always find safe meals in upscale hotels.

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