I recently went on a solo trip to Europe. Although I have done day excursions by myself in various places including Hong Kong and Alaska, this was going to be my first solo vacation and my first time in Europe in a few years. I decided to do this trip on my own because I really wanted to go to the Herend factory, located an hour and a half outside Budapest, and I didn’t think any of my friends would find this interesting enough to be the basis for a trip. Since I was going to go by myself, I wanted to pack my days full of activity. I decided that an easy way to do this would be to visit multiple countries. I found a ticket on Aer Lingus that routed me through London and Dublin, and I decided that sounded like a fun itinerary. I was worried about a few things so I did a reasonable amount of research so that I would feel well prepared. Even with my planning though, I learned a few things during my travels that I will definitely be using for future trips, and I wanted to share those with you so that you don’t have the frustration or the wasted time that I did:
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- The most convenient, yet still cost-effective way, to exchange money may not always be to use an ATM.
This was actually one of the things I had looked into most, and even with my planning, I ended up changing my original plan. I had read about the various types of ATMs. In order to get the best exchange rate, you need to use one of the ATMs that is affiliated with a bank and not one of the “convenience” ATMs located in hotels or on the street. Also, these “convenience” ATMs are more likely to have skimmers that can steal your card information.