EUROPE

Psst! Europe is on sale now

Don’t look now, but Europe is cheap. Really cheap.

A confluence of events, from a sputtering Greek economy to record-low European interest rates, have pushed the euro to levels unseen since 2002. And that’s making your European summer vacation ridiculously inexpensive.
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5 credit card tips for traveling abroad

When you’re planning a trip to another country, talking with someone who has recently visited your destination can be one of the best ways to gather intel on what to bring — and what to leave at home. It only stands to reason that when it comes to paying for purchases overseas, it helps to talk with a traveler who knows the ropes.
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Hidden car rental fees can hurt international travelers – but they don’t have to

We’ve all been there.

You step off the plane after a long flight ready to start your vacation, find your luggage at baggage claim and stride confidently to the rental car desk.

With your prepaid confirmation voucher in hand, you think you’re ready to go. You expect to be handed the keys and ushered into a like-new vehicle that’s two sizes larger than anticipated. You know, the way it happens in commercials.

What happens instead? You’re delayed at the counter. Then you’re hit with additional, unexpected charges.
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The American way of following European consumer protection laws

If I’ve seen Lee Wendkos’s case once, I’ve seen it a hundred times. Delayed on his way from Europe, he tried to invoke EU 261, the legendary and often misinterpreted European consumer protection law. And he failed.

Yes, this feature is called Case Dismissed, but there’s a lot to be learned from our consumer missteps. With the busy summer travel season just around the corner, here’s one lesson you need to take with you: Airlines hate EU 261. Get every promise in writing or you’ll end up with nothing.
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Don’t be a chip-and-pinhead!

If you happen to drive down the Brenner Autobahn between Austria and Italy this summer, here’s a little advice for crossing the wind-whipped Europabrücke, or Europe Bridge: keep a little cash on hand to pay the toll.
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