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Travel Advice/Travel Tips -  Carry cash for convenience and emergencies

You never know when you will be in a spot that requires cash. While some travelers prefer to use cash equivalents (credit cards, debit cards or ATM cards), you should always carry a modest amount of currency (you know, the stuff called “cash money”).

When traveling in Europe, hold Euros in reserve for situations where there is no alternative to paying with cash. Keep ten to twenty Euros in your pocket. Then, just reach in and grab a Euro or two rather than removing your wallet and exposing the "mother lode" of big bills and credit cards to potential thieves.

In Europe, the dollar used to be a preferred currency and most vendors accepted or preferred being paid in dollars. Today, the Euro has replaced the dollar. However, the dollar will often do in a pinch.

During a trip to Spain, we noticed a measly, dollar bill “rescuing” a group of women from an unexpected situation. The women were standing in line to enter a public toilet (now you know why it was a "group" of women).  When they finally reached the front of the line, the attendant told them, politely, “no pay, no pee”. None of the women had any local currency. The women belonged to a cruise group, it was their first shore excursion, and they had not yet exchanged money. Finally, someone thought to offer the attendant a dollar bill, and just like magic, the entire group danced their way into the restroom.

Remember that the money you carry can be used to identify your nationality.  If you would prefer not to be tagged as being a citizen of a specific country, keep your home currency out of sight and carry the national or international currency that is valid where you are traveling.

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