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Travel Tip #17: Debit card vs credit card?

It’s usually better to use your debit card to make ATM withdrawals, as credit card withdrawals are technically “cash advances” that are subject to an additional fee. Check with your bank to see if you can pre-pay the account to avoid this fee. Otherwise, stick with the debit card. Check with your bank in advance to clarify how they will levy fees. Some banks charge a $2-$5 flat rate for each transaction, and may also add a conversion fee of 1-3%. Some U.S. banks now partner with overseas chains, and therefore have lower fees. It’s best not to make many small withdrawals, but to take out a large enough sum to cover several days at a time. Just be sure not to over-withdraw if you are visiting multiple countries, lest you be left with leftover currency that needs to be re-converted.

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Travel Tip # 16: Know your numbers.

Be sure you know your pin number in numerals: some foreign bank machines only have numbers on the keypad (not letters). So if your secret pin is a word, be sure you know the corresponding numerals.

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Please vote for Boston’s West End House Boys and Girls Club, one of 25 finalists to win a $50,000 grant in Zipcar’s Community with Drive contest. Vantage and the Henry R. Lewis Foundation are major supporters of this award-winning social and recreational facility that assists more than 2,000 Boston youth every year.

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Travel Tip #14: Forget about travelers’ checks. Fewer and
fewer establishments accept them, and cashing them
in at local banks or exchange services can be a serious
time drain.

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Join us for an incredible voyage around the world in 2015, with visits to 10 countries on 5 continents in 36 days. You'll see some of the world's greatest wonders up close, including Table Mountain, Iguassu Falls, and Machu Picchu.

The first two dates sold out in record time, but we've added an additional departure on October 31, 2015 due to overwhelming demand. Don't miss your chance to join the final departure of this once-in-a-lifetime journey!

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Travel Tip # 13: Bring small bills

Wherever I go I carry local currency in small amounts for tips and small daily expenses. I keep my “tip stash” separate in a plastic pouch. For small cash transactions, U.S. dollars are often accepted outside western Europe (and in particular, outside EU countries.) I take a stack of singles – between $50 and $100 – to use as a backup when I’ve run out of local currency and need something for porter tips, cab fare, or maid tips. When haggling in local markets, paying in U.S. dollars can sometimes be a bargaining chip. Make sure the dollar bills are clean, crisp, and new. In some countries (like China and Burma), they will only accept new issue bills, and will reject any bills with wrinkles or stains.

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If you're signed up for Vantage's email updates, you already know that the free and 2-for-1 international airfare specials on select 2015 river and small ship cruises ends Tuesday, June 3rd. If you didn't know, the good news is that you've still got time to take advantage of them. View select Journeys:
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