Be Shopping Savvy Abroad
As many of us are looking forward to a getaway overseas in the coming months there are some things to consider. Having already spent out on flights, a hotel and plenty of new outfits to wear on your trip you can take some steps to ensure you don’t part with more of your cash than you need to when away. That is of course unless you find that perfect pair of heels in a boutique on the Champs-Elysees, in which case any expense is surely justifiable.
If cash goes missing then it is gone for good, but if you choose to take cards instead, they can be quickly cancelled should they be lost or stolen. Whether you want to carry cash or not while you’re away, it’s always a good idea to have at least one card on you for any emergencies.
Many credit cards have special rates for use abroad, and it is worth finding out which is the best deal available to you, as the cheapest interest rates and fees are usually reserved for those with the cleanest credit ratings. To find out what sort of cards you might be approved for click here to check your credit score. Debit cards are usually the more expensive option for use abroad but check with your bank to see if they have special rates on offer.
You will want to have at least some cash to take away to pay for taxis, tipping at restaurants, or buying things on markets where they are unlikely to take cards. It is also much easier to haggle with cash than card and if this is the custom where you are visiting then it’s wise to be prepared. Make sure you get the most out of the exchange rate by comparing charges and exchange rates before parting with your pounds.
Part of the fun of being abroad is eating and drinking out and exploring local shops and attractions, but with a bit of forward planning you can do all of these things without giving your bank balance the post holiday blues.
So go fourth and enjoy that summer holiday. Tell me do you have anything booked for your holiday this year?
I'm dreaming of the beautiful Lake Garda in Italy, the gelato is like a little piece of heaven!