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    How did you use money in Europe? I'm going to London, France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. I have an ANZ Visa Debit card. Can I use that to withdraw money and exchange it there?

    Also what are your top things to see and do?

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    Commonwealth have a "travel money" card we found it the best. You lodge $ and withdraw euro, and ask you pay is a lodgement% here... And I think the initial lodgement is free. So you avoid the conversion few. Also there is a credit card that has no international conversion few, I can't rem who exactly provides it, it's not one of the major banks... Hth

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    Ask if they do a travel card, I got one from comm bank and u can preload it with different currencies, easier to keep track of. One thing I found in London though was it was a MasterCard and so I couldn't use it in any visa atm machines

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    When you withdraw money from an ATM it's local currency, it won't give you AUD. We just used our credit card and transferred funds from our savings account to top it up if necessary.

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    I took a NAB Gold Card (no overseas transaction/exchange fees woo hoo!!!!) and used it in shops/restaurants/atms with ease and also had a NAB travel card preloaded with money just in case the exchange rate dramatically dropped whilst I was away (it didn't thank god). Only problem I had with the travel card was that the website used to check to balance doesn't work on iPad/iPhone which was what I had taken away with me to use internet on. So I had no idea what my balance was and just sort of had to remember what I'd spent/guess.

    Make sure you have some cash on you when you first arrive for taxis/public transport in getting to your hotel

    Also when taking cards, make sure that you take a second card that you can leave in your hotel room (in the safe/suitcase) in case your primary card gets lost or stolen when your out during the day (or in my friends case had her only card swallowed by an ATM in Madrid after she forgot her PIN number 1 month into her 3 month trip.....)

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    Regarding places to visit, the Catacombes de Paris. Awesome stuff.

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    We just used the ATM and withdrew lump sums. I didnt even really notice the exchange fees. I took a small amount of foreign cash so I could buy a drink/coffee at the airport and pay for a taxi.

    I absolutely love Munich - think it's a beautiful city with lots to see and do.

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    Hi we have recently returned from a holiday in Europe. The credit card mentioned that does not have conversion fees is the 28 degrees credit card. This is what we used when in Switzerland. Only hint is to make sure your credit limit equals the amount that you are planning on putting on the card. We also used a ANZ travel card. Unfortunatley the NAB gold card is no longer available, we have used that in the past and it was good. You will have an awesome time in Europe.


 

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