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Old 08-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #121
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I'm glad to hear others did this. At the end of the Italian trip, I really felt that the maximum "recommended" amount was too low.
To tell you the truth, I wish we had given even more. I wished I could have known what others did, but of course would never dream of asking. I just wanted to make sure we had taken care of them sufficiently. They went above and beyond, in my opinion. I would have brought them home with us if we could have. LOL

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Old 08-27-2012, 12:10 AM   #122
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[QUOTE=DisneyKevin;45943968]How much money you should bring will depend on many things.

What do you intend to purchase? Where do you intend to go? What do you intend to eat? What do you intend to do on during your free time?

The answers to those questions will greatly impact the answers given.

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Thanks Kevin. The main thing is food, as I am thinking around $30-$40 a meal for both of us at OYO meals since we will probably will want to eat something authentic but slightly more inexpensive. I am also anticipating not being so hungry after all the great meals included with the trip. Does that sound reasonable?

Do you know what time lunch at Harrods ends on Day 2? I think we may try to hit a cab to Churchill's War Rooms or a Beatles tour right after that if we have enough time. Also, will we have anytime in London after Lunch on Day 3 or do we go directly to our Foxhills transfer? Sorry I am so OCD but I want to get the max out of London that I can!

I am not doing as much research on Paris for our OYO time as we will prob want to just experience the city or tag along with the group if some folks are going to do something cool, if you guys will have us!

To the rest of you, thank you so much for replying and for the tips. Feel free to share more. Going out of the USA is intimidating but you guys are making the task much lighter.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:28 AM   #123
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How much should I plan on bringing in Pounds/Euros? I plan on putting everything I can on my credit card, however I know some places might not take them, so I didnt know if anyone had an amount they were comfortable with. I know the Pounds are very large so I dont want to have too much!
I usually travel as much as possible without Cash, and grab a small amour from an ATM (Think 40 pounds ish) to keep in my wallet for coffee/water/bottle of coke kind of purchases.

One thing to be aware of, if you are carrying pounds that you want to exchange for euros the exchange rates at the St Pancras were a complete rip off. I really would suggest keeping your exposure to "Real money" as limited as you can.

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Speaking of Credit Cards, which ones are best for international travel? I have Capital One and Chase and am going to call them.
Mastercard and Visa cards will be almost universally accepted, American Express a little less so - figure out the fees for each card - I have one that is better for getting cash with, and another that has a lower fee for purchases.

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Would anyone mind sharing the expenses they incurred while on the trip on food/souvenirs/taxis/tips/etc.? I am a big budgeter so just trying to plan.
I couldn't tell you how much I spent, but it didn't feel excessive, it will depend on what kind of restaurants etc you want to go to.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #124
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How much money you should bring will depend on many things.

What do you intend to purchase? Where do you intend to go? What do you intend to eat? What do you intend to do on during your free time?

The answers to those questions will greatly impact the answers given.

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Thanks Kevin. The main thing is food, as I am thinking around $30-$40 a meal for both of us at OYO meals since we will probably will want to eat something authentic but slightly more inexpensive. I am also anticipating not being so hungry after all the great meals included with the trip. Does that sound reasonable?

Do you know what time lunch at Harrods ends on Day 2? I think we may try to hit a cab to Churchill's War Rooms or a Beatles tour right after that if we have enough time. Also, will we have anytime in London after Lunch on Day 3 or do we go directly to our Foxhills transfer? Sorry I am so OCD but I want to get the max out of London that I can!

I am not doing as much research on Paris for our OYO time as we will prob want to just experience the city or tag along with the group if some folks are going to do something cool, if you guys will have us!

To the rest of you, thank you so much for replying and for the tips. Feel free to share more. Going out of the USA is intimidating but you guys are making the task much lighter.
I did not find food in London or Paris to be more or less expensive than in Orlando. That being said...it will depend on where and what you eat.

Matt, John and I had a great lunch at a Wagamama (Asain food, sushi) and for the three of us, it was about $100.00

I dont remember the exact time that we finished lunch at Harrod's, as it was a buffet and folks left as they finished. There was transportation back to the hotel, or you could stay and shop in Harrod's (or do as you pleased). I know stayed and shopped a bit, but, as a group, we had decided to meet at the London Eye and ride as a group. Judging by the fact that we had time to shop and ride the Eye.....I'm thinking lunch finished fairly early....12:30 to 1:30ish.

Unfortunately, this is the first year that the trip is going to Foxhills, so I have nothing to go by.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:23 PM   #125
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Taxis were similar to NYC taxis, but bigger.

London taxis seat 5 comfortably.
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Please welcome Dustin, Shaun and William to the party!



This is Dustin, Shaun and William dancing. Make sure you ask to see them do it in person..
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #127
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Welcome Dustin, William and Shaun! The more the merrier!

I will gladly join in the dancing if it is asked.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #128
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We finished lunch at Harrods, shopped for a bit (daughter could have stayed in the equestrian department for hours!), took the tube and got lost for an hour, looking for the TKTS booth. (dopey me was looking at the map upside down @@). Found the TKTS booth, purchased our tickets to that evenings performance of Les Miz, took the tube back to Chancery Court, and had a wonderful afternoon tea in the hotel lounge
, time to clean up, and out to jump in a cab for our evening performance! (theatre on the West End was on our must do list !)

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We finished lunch at Harrods, shopped for a bit (daughter could have stayed in the equestrian department for hours!), took the tube and got lost for an hour, looking for the TKTS booth. (dopey me was looking at the map upside down @@). Found the TKTS booth, purchased our tickets to that evenings performance of Les Miz, took the tube back to Chancery Court, and had a wonderful afternoon tea in the hotel lounge
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Harrods has an equestrian department?! Looks like I'll be spending more time in Harrods than I thought. I know of a stable about 20 minutes by tube(although pretty much everything I've looked into is about 20 mins, the Chancery Court seems awesome for that) that also has a tack shop that I plan on trying to visit if I have time. If Harrods has what I'm looking for I may not have to take the trip but visiting a stable might be fun though.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:31 PM   #130
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Harrods has an equestrian department?! Looks like I'll be spending more time in Harrods than I thought. I know of a stable about 20 minutes by tube(although pretty much everything I've looked into is about 20 mins, the Chancery Court seems awesome for that) that also has a tack shop that I plan on trying to visit if I have time. If Harrods has what I'm looking for I may not have to take the trip but visiting a stable might be fun though.
The equestrian department was awesome!! We bought DD two official Team GB Olympic polos - one long sleeved and one short sleeved. She is the envy of her entire college equestrian team!! ;-)

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Hi Everyone! I am so looking forward to this trip - I can hardly wait!



I had a really nice time chatting with everyone last night too!
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Hi Everyone! I am so looking forward to this trip - I can hardly wait!



I had a really nice time chatting with everyone last night too!
As am I! Enjoyed chatting with you too! As well as everyone else that was there.

Slightly off topic but just watched a movie called 'Paris' off of netflix just now and I really liked it. It takes place in Paris and is in French and the subtitles are pretty close and only a few characters speak extremely fast so they are easy to understand in French. It doesn't really have a plot it's basically a bunch of stories of people and the city of Paris. Kinda like the movie 'Crash' only A LOT less dramatic. Got me excited for the trip actually so thought I would share.
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If anyone is going to be spending a few extra Pre-days in London, it might be worth looking into the information below. We used our Oyster Cards all over London and loved it. Once the Adventure begins, the guides will give you Tube passes if you need them.

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I would suggest getting an oyster card (£5 refundable deposit if you hand the card back in) as you pay £1.90 per journey by tube rather than £4.00 for the cash fare. They also cap each days total spend, it's £6.60 if you don't travel between 6.30 - 9.30am and 4 - 7pm Monday to Friday and £8.00 if you do travel between those times

You can get these at most tube stations I think.

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Whay about adapters for the outlets when I need to charge my phone, etc.? Do I really need one and where is the best place to buy?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #135
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Whay about adapters for the outlets when I need to charge my phone, etc.? Do I really need one and where is the best place to buy?
You should read Mike's post: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2799671

I ordered mine from Amazon.
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