It has been +20 years since I traveled outside of the USA and the world has since changed greatly. I presume nothing applies from my one-off travel to Europe back in ~1991. Questions include the following as part of early planning ...
Money. We are Amex users but are thinking of bringing a second major CC. Not sure what is widely accepted in the UK, and whether or not we should see a card issuer from the UK itself. Additionally we (just me and the wife, nearly 50-ish) recognize the need for actual currency as some places will probably not take plastic. Suggestions beyond looking at cards with zero foreign transaction fees, NVM chips?
Communications: During this 2.5-3 week trip the wife (my bookkeeper) needs to address home economics remotely. Thinking of a tablet or network, with VPN service, registered with our banks' networks. Also, the safety need for a couple of inexpensive cell phones (not bringing our iPhones). The equivalent of Prepaid options?
Photography: Bringing my Canon 5Dmk3 and a couple of lenses. Purchased a pair of 64GB Sandisk Extreme CF cards and will be buying a pair of SDXC for in camera mirroring. Thought about the out-of-camera backup, though. Maybe something gadget-wise using the tablet/network mentioned above.
Accommodations: Some of the first hotels we looked at didn't take reservations 6-months out. In fact, many would only go as far as 60-days out. Since we are planning on arriving on or about 16th of December this means we need to make those hotel plans not before October 16-17th. Any better approach? Maybe calling or emailing them?
OK, that is it so far, but there are a lot more questions swirling about our heads.