How much travel money should I bring?
When planning how much money to bring we suggest that you consider such things as spending money for meals that are not included e.g. lunches and beverages, alcoholic drinks etc. Any Optional Experiences/sightseeing tours that you may wish to purchase, as well as shopping, gratuities and any incidentals such as laundry or dry cleaning and so on.
If you plan to purchase local currency before you travel we suggest that you request notes of smaller denominations as many local stores and restaurants may not be willing to accept the higher ones. For example, if purchasing Euros, request denominations of €50, €20 and €10.
If you do not want to travel with lots of money on you, there are plenty of ATMs throughout Europe. You will be charged in local currency by the vendor and your credit card company will convert the charges based on the exchange rate that they implement. A fee is charged for this. Visa, American Express or MasterCard are widely accepted in most shops and restaurants.
To make your trip as smooth as possible, please inform your bank prior to your departure. This ensures that your provider will not deny payment because they think the transaction could be fraudulent. We also recommend that you have an overseas contact number for your bank and/or credit card company with you if you need their assistance when travelling.
Tipping While Travelling
Tipping is an important thing to think about when preparing your travel money. Tipping etiquette varies by country, culture, and situation. It is generally a gesture that shows appreciation for the quality of service that you received.
When travelling with Insight Vacations we have pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you. Baggage handling at hotels, service charges and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are however a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.