Monday, September 24, 2007

Travel Meeting

We had our travel meeting last week - a little earlier than the agency likes to hold it, but that's how we roll - the sooner the better! (They prefer to hold the meeting just before you travel so everything is fresh in your mind.)

The meeting was a little less exciting than we'd hoped, possibly because we had just eaten lunch and were both a little sleepy (nursery preparations are beginning to take their toll). As usual, there were no major revelations. For the most part we simply reviewed the travel packet that we'd already read. Since hubby and I have traveled pretty extensively much of the information wasn't new to us, but it does seem thorough enough to make for a very pleasant journey even for those that have never traveled before.

There is one tip that I suggested the agency add to the travel information which I will mention here (just in case it doesn't make it in to the official Travel Packet by the time anyone reading this travels):

Don't forget to call your credit card companies before you travel to let them know you will be traveling internationally. If you don't do this, you may find yourselves, as we have, attempting to make a fabulous purchase only to be denied by your "helpful" credit card company (they automatically assume your card has been stolen and shut it down for you). For this reason you will also want to have at least two credit cards with you on your trip. It's always good to have a backup especially when shopping! :-)


Judy said...

Great tip about the credit card.
Also, unfortunately, Discover card is not welcomed in Taiwan.

Andy & Rebecca said...

I've been following your blog for awhile and you all have been in my thoughts & prayers as you wait for travel. I can't imagine how hard it must be! Just know there are many people living through this with you through your blog and that we will be rejoicing WITH you when you can finally bring your son home!!! He is BEAUTIFUL!

PAP, on waiting list with FFC 9/11/07

rhinetiffany said...

I love the fact that you are diminishing all of my anxiety on these highly coveted adoption rituals with HAI - it's soooo great. I was freakin out over the travel packet because they will not release it or any info in it until you get a first decree

and the travel meeting - whew for us it will be a conference call! Thanks for sharing this I feel much better - I thought there was a golden ticket in the info - LOL!

hope everything is going well as you prepare for Island Boy's arrival! Come on Final Ruling!


Anonymous said...

So glad to catch up with you through your blog today. Thanks for all of the thorough and detailed posts! You're amazing! Hope the packing and final nursery preparations are going well.


Lata said...

Travel meeting done - One more step. Now all you need is that final decree and you can book your tickets - Good Luck!