Imagine if you saw an ad for a 235-room hotel that boasted luxury suites, an Olympic-sized pool, a casino, and restaurants that offered fine dining experiences. It might sound pretty good, huh? What if it offered, “high-profile anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs, from weddings for 280 to an intimate family dinner for 12?”
If you were planning on visiting the city where it was located, Manchester, England, it might be an option, right? After all, it said it was, “one of the newest 5 star hotels in the city,’ in operation since 2014 and had hosted thousands of guests, including celebrities and politicians. And hey, it had lovely luxury rooms that look like this:
There’s only one problem – the hotel doesn’t exist.
When Joe and I travel internationally, we rarely use cash anymore. There are very few places that are “cash only,” so we use credit cards for virtually all of our expenses, making sure that we use cards that don’t charge a foreign transaction fee.
However lots of people, for whatever their reasons, still like to pay cash, and many get their cash from local ATMs.
Unfortunately, there are bunches of ATMs, especially in Europe, that are rigged to take advantage of international travelers. Watch this:
Happy Wednesday 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.