Here are more tips from Charles Leocha.
Check into transportation passes for the city bus and subway systems.
Tourist passes are almost always a bargain. Take the train from the airport into the city if possible to save even more — these transfers are often included in the transportation pass. Some online travel sites sell these as an add-on to your package.
I think this is one thing that we should focus on. Many Americans are used to driving their own cars and thus go for rental cars when on vacation. European cities, though, normally have extensive public transportation systems. Not only would you save considerably on transportation costs but you’ll also have a better feel of the local culture if you take the buses and subways. Better yet, try walking if possible!
Do not exchange money at the airports.
If you insist on bringing cash or traveler’s cheques avoid airport banks (both in the U.S. and overseas). The difference can be as much as 10 percent between airport banks and others downtown. All airports have cash machines.
This is something that we should all know. I have been victimized by this once and swore I’d never do it again. So the better option is to use an ATM but make sure that your bank does not charge extortionate fees when withdrawing overseas. The trick is to check for the fees before leaving the US.
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