How To Obtain Local Currency While Traveling in Europe
Exchanging currency seems simple. But if you’re thinking about bringing US dollars (or your own currency) to exchange once you arrive at your destination, forget it. You’ll pay a premium at currency exchange stands at the airports and it’s not even possible to go into banks anymore to exchange your money. It’s better to obtain local currency while you’re already in Europe.
Bring your debit card/credit card and plan to use cash dispenser machines (ATMs). You’ll get the best exchange rate this way. Just be sure to let your bank and credit card companies know that you’re traveling so that they do not report suspicious activity. Your private tour guide will know of ATMs and provide every opportunity for you to obtain cash when needed.
If you’re thinking, “Do I really even need to exchange my money?”, the answer is YES.
Don’t even think about tipping or trying to pay for any services in U.S. dollars. Not only is it not accepted, but it’s also considered rude to even try unless in an emergency situation.
You can’t get around exchanging currency, so be sure to follow this advice to make it as painless as possible for you and your wallet.