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How Vacationers In Europe Can Avoid Getting Taken On A Ride

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Vacationers in Europe offer advice on how to keep one's summer travel outlook sunny. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

A fluctuating euro and rising airfares might be out of our control, but there are some tried and true steps from average travelers to help save money on a trip abroad this summer.

"Before we travel overseas, I think if you find a zero-percent foreign transaction fee credit card, that's going to be like a lifesaver," says a traveler.

"Make sure your bank knows that you're traveling, make sure they know the countries you're traveling to," says another traveler. "And then have your debit card available because anyplace you walk in this city, you've got ATM cards so you don't have to worry about having a lot of cash on you at a time."

"When you come to Europe, use the bathroom in your hotel or where you're staying at, because when you go out in public you have to pay," says a third traveler.

"It's a lot of money, like 1 euro, just to use the bathroom," says a fourth.

"We'll just pull snacks out of our backpack and waters and stuff, because it adds up," says a fifth traveler.

Of course, the best way to keep money in your pocket is to guard your wallet.

"The pickpockets know what they're doing and they'll get you," a vacationer says.

Beside out-and-out rip-offs, tune in to suspicious behavior.

"The thing to remember when you're traveling is every approach in the book," says Jason Cochran of Frommers.com.

Becoming the victim of a curious caper is one thing, but you are more likely to lose control of your cash when it's under more control.

"Far and away, most scams are really kind of about the switcharoo of cash," Cochran says. "They're not these grandiose, dirty, rotten scoundrels stealing. Most of them look like innocent accidents and you don't notice them until you walk away."

To avoid getting short-changed, familiarize yourself with the local currency. Make sure they don't pull a fast one and slip a worthless coin or bill into the mix.

Finally, verify the amount you're handing over so there's no dispute. In the case of a language barrier, snap a picture of the transaction.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party.
 
 
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