7 Tips for shopping abroad as a Kenyan

When you decide to shop Abroad physically it is important to know the necessary measures to take before you set your foot on the plane especially when you are doing it for the first time.

Here are 7 Tips to take before you travel for shopping Abroad.

1- Bring Multiple Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fees

Before you leave for a trip, make sure you have at least two credit cards from different companies that have no foreign transaction fees…unless you want to pay 3% more. I recommend two cards for a number of reasons like you lose one or it gets stolen, one of your banks puts a hold on it or the place of business you’re patronizing doesn’t accept your type of card.

2- Chip and Pin Capability

Make sure your credit card has chip and pin capability. That’s because most international automated ticket machines require credit/debit cards to have a chip (also referred as EMV—Europay, MasterCard and Visa). It’s a technical standard designed to ensure that microchip-embedded payment cards all work with the terminals of merchants who accept them. They do this to reduce fraud so if someone finds or steals your card they can’t use it unless they know your secret four-digit pin.

3- Call Your Credit Card Company

Before you leave for your trip, make sure you call your credit card company and/or bank and let them know you are going out of the country. They will want to know the places you are going and the dates you’ll be away. Because of increased credit card hacking, they may put a block on your card(s) immediately if you don’t notify them and that will put a real damper on your trip.

4- Avoid ATM fees

If you don’t want to get hit with unexpected fees, contact your bank to see what ATM fees they charge. “When you use a foreign ATM, you could be charged a variety of fees, including non-bank ATM usage fees.

5- Always pay in local currency

One of the biggest scams I find major stores committing overseas is asking customers if they would like to pay in US dollars or in euros or pounds (or whatever the local currency is where you’re traveling). Paying in U.S. dollars would seem to be the more convenient option, but in reality, it’s not. In fact, it’s a total rip-off, since the stores that do this charge a higher exchange fee than your bank back home does. So, remember to always pay in the local currency of the country you’re in!.

6- Double check prices

There’s something about travel that makes shopping almost romantic…the sights, the atmosphere, the smells. However, in your daze, you don’t want to overpay for anything and thanks to the smartphones, the internet and Wi-Fi, you can quickly check the price online of whatever you are buying to make sure you aren’t getting taken advantage of.

7- Keep your receipts

If you do any serious shopping then be sure to bring your passport along while you shop. Tell the retailer you need the necessary documents to claim a refund and then keep all your receipts and have them handy when you are about to leave the country (airport, border or port).

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