Beyond a passport, what travelers need

Send off international business travelers with a folder full of tips and tricks to make their journeys smoother:

1. Register with U.S. embassies and check any travel alerts through the U.S. State Department’s web site ( Need a U.S. passport in a hurry? Turn to

2. Peek inside faraway hotels and restaurants with Tripadvisor ( It features more than 1.5 million travel reviews about hotels, attractions and restaurants worldwide.

3. Check weather reports at

4. Create and print a currency converter table with

5. Go the extra mile. Tuck in tips on local customs, or include a cheat sheet on international tipping standards (, click “Travel Advice,” then “Planning,” then “Worldwide Tipping Guide”).