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Old 05-24-2013, 08:42 AM   #811
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On the Euros. Is this for an apartment? Do you have to have it all at once?

Generally your BEST rate (which is close to that 1.29 you see) is an ATM. I have NEVER had a bank in Europe charge me an ATM fee so what you need to find out is what your bank charges. The AAA card had some other extra fees that would add up from what I recall. Plus the foreign conversion fee is around 3%. With my bank my foreign conversion fee is 1%. With that much money it can add up quickly.

As for actual cash... What happens if you loose 2,300 Euros? (I can tell you it would not be a good moment in my life! ) I say this as the person who dealt with the loss of $10,000 in Travelers Checks. And they were lost basically at the arrival airport! (At least they were traveler's checks and I actually wasn't the guilty party who lost them ) It's very risky to travel with that kind of money and I have read other stories of loss/theft at the airport. I think it's because you are exhausted, disoriented etc... and you either get confused or are just an "easy mark"
I agree ... carrying around 2300,00 Euros would be nerve-racking. Once, you land in Barcelona (which I am assuming is where you land), one becomes disoriented because of jet lag, time-change, different city, language, etc. We were told by our bank to just use the ATM. Less charges and less likely to be a victim of a crime.

If you are renting an apt., you can also ask if you can pay the rental and deposit in credit card.

From my perspective and personal experience, if you give cash for a deposit, how do you know if you get the same amt. back. They can say that you never put a deposit down or paid.

So, it's better safe than regretful.

Otherwise, you will have fun in Europe!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:47 PM   #812
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I've done some more research and I think using my credit union atm card may be the best way to go. Can take out $1,000 Usd equivalent per day. 1.50 per withdrawal (atm fee) and 1% transaction fee. Anyone see drawbacks to this?
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:03 PM   #813
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I've done some more research and I think using my credit union atm card may be the best way to go. Can take out $1,000 Usd equivalent per day. 1.50 per withdrawal (atm fee) and 1% transaction fee. Anyone see drawbacks to this?
I would go this way, but one warning on the $1,000 a day. Sometimes the ATM machines won't give you that much in one transaction. It's just their internal limit, not your bank
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:31 PM   #814
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I would go this way, but one warning on the $1,000 a day. Sometimes the ATM machines won't give you that much in one transaction. It's just their internal limit, not your bank
That's fine. Don't really need that much.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #815
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we usually take about 200-300 euros with us and then use ATMs. I believe that many ATMs will only give 300 euros per day.
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we usually take about 200-300 euros with us and then use ATMs. I believe that many ATMs will only give 300 euros per day.
that's good to know...if your bank allows you to take up to $1000 USD per day, can you use multiple ATM's to get to that amount?
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I am sure most of you are aware, but if you are not, please remember to tell your credit card company and financial institutions/bank that you are traveling to Europe. They might need a verbal or written authorization of where you are traveling.

I just did this today and it took approximately 45 mins. to complete the paperwork and do the verbal authorization of which countries I am traveling. Also, they gave me a specific list of all the banks in all the cities/countries that we are visiting.

When we were in Rome, we encountered another American family who couldn't pay for their purchased items, because their cards wouldn't work. It was sad to overhear, because you could tell that NONE of their cards worked. The "mom" appeared irate with the "dad".
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #818
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Ok...19 more days until we leave...

I just can't believe it's so soon. Got a lot done yesterday...kids should have all the clothes they need, made shirts for pirate party, got iphones that will work in Europe..(Here's hoping that work pays for mine). Finished magnets, loaded reward cards, picked up travel sized toiletries.....Just have to pick up some Euros and pack (I think)

I have this nagging feeling I'm forgetting something....
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What did you do to get your iphones to work in Europe? I am debating on what to do for our Med cruise. Thanks...I love following along your PTR!!
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What did you do to get your iphones to work in Europe? I am debating on what to do for our Med cruise. Thanks...I love following along your PTR!!
I had an iphone 4 which will not work in Europe (i have verizon btw). I upgraded to iphone5 and they said all I have to do is stop in or call the day before I leave and the day after I get back and they could put the Europe service on and off and I'll only have to pay for it during the two weeks I have it.

I believe, from what others tell me that the at&t phones can be "unlocked" and the sim card changed out. Kim can speak to that. Because she has direct knowledge.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:29 AM   #821
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We have iPhone 4 in Europe Why would an iPhone 5 be better than 4? Can you tell I am not an iPhone user?
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We have iPhone 4 in Europe Why would an iPhone 5 be better than 4? Can you tell I am not an iPhone user?
Its not that it's better. It's just that on the verizon network they did not configure the 4 to be able to work there. At&t and other network phones are different
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Oh, I get it. I forget that phones are set for each company there. Sorry for the interruption, please continue with your fabulous med planning
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:20 PM   #824
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I've done some more research and I think using my credit union atm card may be the best way to go. Can take out $1,000 Usd equivalent per day. 1.50 per withdrawal (atm fee) and 1% transaction fee. Anyone see drawbacks to this?
That's a great deal!
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I had an iphone 4 which will not work in Europe (i have verizon btw). I upgraded to iphone5 and they said all I have to do is stop in or call the day before I leave and the day after I get back and they could put the Europe service on and off and I'll only have to pay for it during the two weeks I have it.

I believe, from what others tell me that the at&t phones can be "unlocked" and the sim card changed out. Kim can speak to that. Because she has direct knowledge.
I called today and had my old AT&T iPhone 3GS unlocked. I don't have a SIM yet...at this rate it'll be bought at a local store in Barcelona.
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