One exception about notifying about your travel plans is American Express. They do not want to know where you are going, at least that is the case for AMEX platinum card holders. On the other hand I have a Capital One card and they make a big production out of foreign travel plans. They want details such as the places being visited, when, how long, etc. As it turned out, I didn't use the Capital One card while in England so I don't know if they would have charged a fee.
Originally posted by f-mattox:
You can find coffee imported from Costa Rica, Colombia and Guatemala at Trader Joe's that is much less expensive than it is in the actual countries--and save a lot of room in your luggage :-)
Really I will have to look next time we are in the USA
I thought $5. a lb was good
Alexandr Pushkin, Carnival-Holiday, HAL-(old)Westerdam, Orient lines-Marco Polo, Royal Olympic-Olympic, NCL-Dream, Dawn-Princess, ACCL-Grande Caribe, Oceania-Insignia (3), Regatta(4) Marina (1) St Lawrence Cruise Lines-Canadian Empress
We get traveler's checks, but cash them on board. Never had a problem with them taking USD, but have not been to Costa Rica or Colombia. I have my CC with me, just in case of an emergency, but usually don't use it. I have a few times, but they have charged me fees. Capital One is a pain about foreign charges, but I do call and tell them as well as AMEX and Chase that I am going on a cruise. Just in case I find something I have to have, which I usually don't.