Is This Bank Sexist?, When NOT To Go To A Hotel, Something For Free If You Use Mastercard, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Avoid This Foreign Currency Ripoff At All Costs

When you’re traveling outside of your home country, figuring out how much things cost in relation to your home currency can be difficult. You need to know the current conversion rate between the two currencies and then apply that to the purchase price. Sometimes you can eyeball the price when it’s a simple ratio. US Dollars to Japanese yen is usually somewhere around 1:100:

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If I was buying something that cost 1000 Yen, I’d know that’s about $10 or a little less. Things get a little more tricky when traveling to the United Kingdom.

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If you’d see something that costs £100, it also costs $128 USD. So just think that everything is 30% more expensive than it appears to be and you’ll be fine.

What about if you’re going to Thailand. One US dollar equals 30 Thai Baht. Try doing that math in your head all the time.

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Imagine if your hotel, or restaurant or gift shop offered when you handed them a credit card if you would like to pay for the charge in local currency or your home currency? If you’re tired of doing math, I’d bet you’d jump at the chance to pay the amount in your local money, right?

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However, If you ever get this question, ALWAYS PAY IN LOCAL CURRENCY!!!

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Because Fraud Is So Common, I Almost Fell For A Phishing Scheme

If you have a sock drawer full of credit cards, having a card compromised is just part of the game. I can’t go more than a few months before I get an alert asking me if my card was used in one place or another.

The most recent case of fraud came while I was on my work trip to New York. Someone decided to steal one of my card numbers and go on one of the most depressing spending sprees I’ve ever seen in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Obviously, it was fraud because who needs to go to Zaxby’s right after eating at Sonic?

So after getting that sorted out and receiving my new cards, I figured I was off the hook for a while. Then I got an email from Chase.

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