Im planning on travelling parts of europe via Eurail in August. The countries I will be visiting will be Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. I was wondering what would be the best way to carry my money.
Should I take it in travellers cheques or use my debit card?
Does anyone know how much an ATM will charge for transactions and is there any possible way to obtain a card that will charge no fee?
Use ATM as you go but ALWAYS have a back up of Trav Checks for emergencies. Dont listen to any advice on not taking trav checks. I have lost my bank card in a ATM in Vienna and had no other form of money. Stupid. carry a hidden bit of cash somewhere as well for emergencies. So again, dont rely on your debit card all the time.
I hear good stuff about CapitalOne card if you are from the US. I usually carry cash, 2 debit cards and 2 credit cards in case the other gets lost/stolen/damaged/eaten. I keep them in different spots, large bills, 1 debit card and credit card in my money belt and the small change/bills, credit card in a place that is concealed but still accessible. I also leave a bit of money in my luggage back in my hotel room. Have fun on your trip!
Prepaid credit cards usually don't have a fee for transactions.. You should have a look at those.. They work just like a debit card but there is no transaction fee and you can use it online (good for booking hostels etc. )