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Europe Currencies – Everything You Need to Know About the EURO

Europe Currencies – The EURO Back in 2001 when we lived in Germany and traveled regularly to visit family and friends in the Netherlands and Belgium, I used to keep wallets with cash from both countries. I would invariably forget to take them with me the next time we crossed a border. Being caught without cash …

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When to Splurge or Save on your Trip

Some budget-minded travelers count every penny on a trip, ensuring that they never go over a carefully planned budget and go as cheap as they can; others prefer not to worry about the costs at all, spending what they want without a limit. Most travelers, however, fall somewhere in the middle. We want to keep …

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Creating and Sticking to a Travel Budget

No traveler wants to count pennies while on their dream trip, but the reality is that most of us can’t afford to throw out our budgets and deal with the fallout once we’re back at home. While creating–and sticking to–a travel budget isn’t glamorous, it’s also not that difficult. With a bit of pre-planning, some …

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Budget Savers When Traveling in Europe

Even with the value of the dollar approaching that of the euro, Americans traveling in Europe on a budget still need to be creative and mindful. The following suggestions can help any traveler, but especially those who prefer traveling independently. Airfare Finding the lowest airfares to Europe can be incredibly time-consuming. I turn to a reputable travel …

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Tips and Tricks to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Europe

Pickpockets are a pernicious problem all over the world, but 8 of the world’s 10 worst cities for pickpockets are top tourist destinations in Europe. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come to Europe ready to have a great time. It just means you should observe a few basic rules and techniques to keep your pocket …

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Tips on Tipping in England

Imagine the scenario. Two Americans are visiting England and have just finished their meal in a fairly down-to-earth cafe or pub. Studying their bill, they lean over toward an Englishman at the table next to theirs and ask him how much it would be customary to tip. He is mystified. “Tip?… In this place?” But …

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