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Go to Europe, Prepared
I’ve been saying recently that now—and this summer—is the time to go to Europe, as the exchange rate is now an incredible €1.00 EUR = $1.08 USD (here’s the up-to-the-minute rate at It’s predicted that the Euro will be on par with the dollar by the summer, but compared to what it’s been, I’ll happily take this rate for now.

If you do (and I really hope you do) go to Europe this year, make sure you have a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees and that it has a chip with pin capability. Here’s why—plus two of my favorite such cards.



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3 Comments On "Travel Tip of the Day: Go to Europe, Prepared"
  1. Mary Ann|

    Thank you! My daughter is visiting Europe in early September for the first time and your site is definitely a big help for all of her travel plans….especially the credit card site with the “no transaction fee” for overseas purchases.

    1. Anonymous|

      Make sure to call card issuer and notify which countries you are going to and a local contact number before leaving US!

  2. Gary L|

    What are the common ATM networks in Europe? I recently had trouble in the Philippines with my Canadian (BMO) ATM card. Some ATM networks (Maestro) have arbitrary withdrawal limits. How do we know how much foreign currency we are allowed to withdraw?

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