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Travel must-haves
支付卡、手機、藥品 出國旅遊必備

Credit card readers and a smartphone that is compatible with digital payment systems are displayed on Tuesday last week in Taipei.

Photo: Lee Ching-hui, Liberty Times

The busy season for overseas travel is just around the corner. According to the latest survey from Visa International, the three most important items for Taiwanese people to take overseas, besides their passports and foreign currency, are payment cards, cell phones or tablet computers, and medicine for personal use.

To understand the needs of Taiwanese traveling abroad, Visa International recently conducted the Visa Global Travel Intentions Study and discovered that, aside from their passports and foreign currency, 86.1 percent of respondents believe the most important item for Taiwanese to take on overseas vacations is a credit card or other payment card. Secondly, 72.1 percent of respondents ranked cell phones or tablets as the most important, while 69.9 percent picked medicine for personal use. This shows that payment cards have become a customary method of payment for Taiwanese people.

Visa indicated that smartphones are growing in popularity and have become a daily necessity for Taiwanese, and overseas travel is no exception. The survey shows that over 90 percent of Taiwanese believe that wireless Internet access is important when traveling abroad, with 47.1 percent of respondents saying that it is extremely important.

(Liberty Times, translated by Zane Kheir)






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