Fodor's "1,001 Smart Travel Tips" is full of useful advice aimed at making travel easier, like what's the best credit card to use abroad?
The answer: Capital One. Unlike most other forms of plastic that have tacked on fees and percentages that boost your bill, Capital One cards have zero conversion fees (the fees used to switch foreign currency into U.S. dollars) and they've absorbed the 1 percent fee Visa and MasterCard charge to process purchases. American Express charges a flat 2 percent fee and doesn't allow merchants to tack on extra fees at the point of sale, according to the book.
It's also a good idea to let your credit card company know before you go overseas, since they may put a hold on purchases that look suspicious, like a gold necklace you picked up in Dubai.
So what's your best travel tip? Post it here. By this time next week, I'll pick a winner. The best of the bunch gets a free copy of Fodor's "1,001 Smart Travel Tips."