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The Importance of Letting Your Bank Know Your Travel Plans

  The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University, Matthew Brunstrum is an advisor at Sun Acquisitions, where he provides merger and acquisition services to business clients. Outside of his professional pursuits, Matthew Brunstrum enjoys traveling.

Planning for a trip requires a lot more than simply packing a suitcase. One of the most important things to remember is to alert your bank or credit card company of your travel intentions. Most financial institutions track your spending patterns to prevent against card theft and might interpret unexpected purchases from different countries as fraudulent. Consequently, your debit or credit card could be locked following unexpected charges.

Calling your bank or credit card company before the trip ensures you can use your card without worrying whether it will be locked. It might also be helpful to ask which number you can reach them at if your card is stolen and subjected to actual fraudulent charges. Moreover, it’s especially crucial to alert your bank beforehand if you plan on visiting a destination with limited cell service as you may end up stranded with no way of accessing your own funds. Some banks and credit card issuers even allow you to alert them of travel plans via mobile apps or websites.

Tips for Catching More Fish in Local Waters

Experienced with business valuations, due-diligence research, and negotiating the sale of businesses, Matthew Brunstrum works as the Chicago, Illinois-based firm Sun Acquisitions. When he has time off work, Matthew Brunstrum enjoys the sport of fishing to unwind and spend time in nature.

The experience of fishing can be a fun one, even if you don’t catch much fish. However, learning a bit about the best time and place to fish can help you increase your yield. For example, if you’re casting surface lures on the top of the water, your best times to fish will be dawn and dusk when fish activity is higher. However, on rainy or overcast days, you may have more luck reeling in fish on midday fishing trips.

Another tip is to watch the barometric pressure readings. When the pressure drops, fishes are encouraged to look for food or bait. Lastly, learn about the high tide and low tide times in your area. If the tide is too low, you may have trouble navigating the boat safely, or the area might not have enough water to draw a good number of fish. The best way to learn about the best times and places to fish is to talk to locals who have experience fishing in the area.


Packing Light for Travel

Packing Photo by Hubble on Unsplash
Packing Photo by Hubble on Unsplash

A mergers and acquisitions advisor at Sun Acquisitions in Illinois, Matthew Brunstrum leverages more than 5 years of financial experience to help clients buy and sell various companies. Outside of work, Matthew Brunstrum enjoys traveling.

Whether you are planning a trip for several days or several weeks, it pays to pack light. Limiting yourself to just a carry-on or backpack not only saves you money on increasing baggage costs for airlines, it also makes moving around different countries easier.

To successfully pack an entire wardrobe in less space, focus on layering. Don’t waste the precious space you have with items designed for a single climate. Instead, choose items that are suitable for any weather when they are layered with different items. If you need any weather-specific items such as gloves, purchase them locally and pass them on afterwards so you aren’t carting them around.

Usually, you only need about a week’s worth of clothes. For longer trips, wash these items in your hotel room, or make use of the hotel’s laundry facilities. While this may increase the cost of your trip slightly, doing laundry saves you valuable packing space for longer trips. It also keeps your clothes fresh despite being packed away in your luggage much of the time.

In addition to clothes, you must also consider footwear for your trip. Shoes take up most of the space you have in your luggage, so try to bring enough options for everything without overdoing it. The key is choosing footwear that is comfortable and small. Ballet flats, for instance, can easily fit in a bag, as can flip flops. And for sightseeing, you may prefer a set of comfortable sneakers. Since sneakers are bulkier, plan on wearing them instead of packing them.