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1. Posted by Aingeal (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi, my name is Carolyn. I live in the US and have never been out of the country. I'm going on holiday to meet up with some friends and see sights, etc. I will most likely be landing in London, seeing sights and visiting then off to Scotland, Edinburgh area and then Isle of Skye... I have no idea what-so-ever about paying methods and money and etc. How do I pay for things there? All I have is a debit card. Can someone let me know on how these things work. I was told by someone they thought US debit cards may not work in other countries.. Could I get some help please? Would be very much appreciated.

2. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Well, im not entirely sure, but i would of thought they did work over here. I have been to the US with my UK debit card and know they work over there, so I would of thought it worked both ways round. The best thing for you to do would probably be to check with your bank, they will tell you if your card will work abroard. They will also tell you if they will charge you for transactions.

My bank never charge me for transactions abroard, however i know a lot do, so you might want to be wary about how often you withdraw money or how much you use your card for, because you dont want to end up wasting money just trying to get it out of the bank!

If your debit card does work, then you wont have any trouble using it over here, as i think almost every shop would have a card reader. If they dont there would be a cash machine just around the corner somewhere where you would be able to get money out!

Im sure you will have a good time, Ive been to London about a million times lol cos i only live about 40 minutes away by train. Have u planned everything u want to see or need any help?

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Feb-2009, at 14:59 by Chapple89 ]

3. Posted by Aingeal (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Quoting Chapple89

Well, im not entirely sure, but i would of thought they did work over here. I have been to the US with my UK debit card and know they work over there, so I would of thought it worked both ways round. The best thing for you to do would probably be to check with your bank, they will tell you if your card will work abroard. They will also tell you if they will charge you for transactions.

My bank never charge me for transactions abroard, however i know a lot do, so you might want to be wary about how often you withdraw money or how much you use your card for, because you dont want to end up wasting money just trying to get it out of the bank!

If your debit card does work, then you wont have any trouble using it over here, as i think almost every shop would have a card reader. If they dont there would be a cash machine just around the corner somewhere where you would be able to get money out!

Im sure you will have a good time, Ive been to London about a million times lol cos i only live about 40 minutes away by train. Have u planned everything u want to see or need any help?

Thank you, was very kind of you to reply. I will have to go to my bank on Mon. and see what they say.. I want to see so much more than I can afford to, unfortunately. While in London I'd like to see a few sights and also go to some museums; Sherlock Holmes museum, medical museum, Freud museum and some more perhaps. I will of course have to go back to Whitburn in Scotland, my boyfriend's gran wants to fly me out, she will of course have to talk my leg off, haha. We are wanting to get away to Skye for a couple days, Dunvegan. But since I have to come up with the money for everything but the ticket I will have to save for about 6 months or more, as I am disabled and get only a bit over $600.00 a month, I wouldn't want to go to a different country with less than a couple thousand, and since I have never been to another country I don't know how much I will really need - but I have noticed the costs of hotels in London, I nearly fainted. I'm trying to get guestimations of how much things will cost, but I'm afraid I am fairly clueless. Any advice or suggestions are more than welcome. :) Thank you again. :)

4. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

No worries, but yeah thats probably the best thing to do. Let me know how it goes!

Yeah im sure you've looked at the obvious places in London that you wana go to, just trying to think of any smaller less well known good places to visit but cant think of any off the top of my head lol, will let u know if i can think of some places. How long u planning on being in London? Afraid I cant help you with anything in Scotland though lol, never been myself!

Unfortunately i think you will find most places in the uk are very expensive, expecially compared to the States! My money went so much further when i was out there lol, but dont let that put u off or anything! I don't think ive ever stayed over night in london cos i live so close, but if i get any time i'll have a look round to see if i can find any good hotels for you.

O yeah, buy a decent poncho or something lol, it will most likely rain on you over here!

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Feb-2009, at 16:09 by Chapple89 ]