Thursday, June 21, 2012

AlphabeThursday - E is for euro

I really enjoyed using euros on my trip to Italy (I live in the US).  Yes, one euro is larger than one dollar.  The exchange rate: €1 = $1.26.  (BTW, to type a euro on your keyboard is Alt + 0128; don't forget the 0!)  I believe that once you get to Europe, you need to live as Europeans do.  If a sandwich costs €7, that's what it is.  You aren't home anymore.  

I was gone for two whole weeks, and knew I would need something more than just credit cards overseas.  If you're traveling to Europe like I did, I have a few suggestions:

€1 and €2 coins
1)  buy some euros.
I bought €100 from my credit union before I left.  Sometimes cash is the only way to pay, especially for city  transportation, such as taxis and buses.  And small business owners prefer transactions in cash.  There are one and two euro coins, which are very handy.  Don't worry, all money denominations are easily identified. And numbers are universal!    

my currency card, from MasterCard!
2)  get an euro currency card.
This was very handy!  I've never use a debit card before or had to deal with ATM machines, but they're all over Italy.  The euro card was great to have when I didn't have enough cash on me.  You can just give the card to a store clerk and they use it like a credit card.  It's already in euros, so if you decide to spend only a certain of month on say, gifts, just use the card until it's all gone.  

The whole gang, except Greg and me, in Siena.
3) same your credit card for large purchases.
Such as eating out!  We all ate lunch together (there was 8 of us!) at restaurants and had supper at the villa (the house that we rented).  Food was one of the more expensive items, but eating home cooked meals for dinner certainly made it easier.  Credit cards are also good for hotels and museum gift shops  {:-D

We splurged and took a water taxi back to the parking lot island of Tronchetto
4) use up all your euros before returning home.
I think this is what a lot of stores at the airport are expecting.  But I say, it's better to buy an extra few presents or splurge on something unexpected than dealing with the bank when you get home.

 Hope this helps you plans for your next vacation.  Bon voyage!  

I'm linking this AlphabeThursday post to Ms Jenny blog, on my tangent...
See what other fun E posts there are!


Jackie/Jake said...

I'm so glad you had a great trip. We just got from Europe as well, we were on a Danube river cruise so we were in five different countries, most of which used the Euro.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Great tips! I like using up all our loose change on chocolate at the airport. : )

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Way back in the dark ages when I was in Europe, each country had its own currency. I saved some from each country I visited and still have them, both coin and paper. The paper money is beautiful, compared to ours!

BeadedTail said...

Great tips Deb! Now if only I can actually go overseas and use them! I have money from other countries from family members who visited before the Euro was around. We have Canadian money from when we went there that I should probably put on a scrapbook page or something.

Rose said...

Fun idea for E! Thanks for the great tips about using money on vacation. It's been over ten years since I've been to Europe and would definitely not think of all of these things on my own.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great tips Deb! I hope to use them someday :)
Did I read right that you don't use debit cards or ATMs??? I never have cash on me and always use my card!

Emille said...

My son lives in Holland since last Oct. I've got to ask him if he has a currency card -seems very practical!
See you had a great time in Italy:)

Nancy said...

Very informative! I didn't even know you could get a debit card that uses Euros. And I too found that the 1 & 2 euro coins are always in demand. Shops would just glare at me when I tried to offer them larger denominations for something that was cheap!

Leovi said...

Nice pictures of your trip. In Spain increasingly harder to earn a euro.

Kathleen said...

Very fun! I have never seen a euro before. I do have a few coins and bills from years ago when I went to Europe.

anitamombanita said...

That was informative. I love Sienna so it was nice to see your photo in there. It's time for me to plan another trip..been too long.

You've changed the whole look and feel of your blog...still love seeing your journal pages.

Splendid Little Stars said...

It worked! How fun!
What a great post!
fun journal page!
You could punch a hole in those coins and make earrings and/or a necklace.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

This is all great advice. I hope you had a wonderful trip!

Sue said...

Looks like a good time, and it was interesting reading about your experience with the euro!


Esther Joy said...

Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

Erika said...

Nice take on the letter E! It would be nice to go on a trip. Maybe.

Ames said...

Good info. ~Ames

Andy David said...

When we traveled to the Caribbean last year to visit my in-laws, we actually took some of their currency, even though they accept US. We paid for everything in cash & didn't use our credit cards except to pay for airport parking & baggage fees. Credit card companies make a packet in charges when you use your card abroad. Great tips & nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Jenny said...

Gosh. Now all I have to do is take a trip somewhere that doesn't use US currency!


I love knowing how to type the euro sign now...I've always wondered about that.

Thanks for an excellent link for the letter "E".


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