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Money, Currency & Credit

Money, Currency & Credit

What Should I Do With Old Foreign Money?

If you’re like me, then chances are you have a lot of foreign currency sitting around in your drawers. But what do you do with it?

Travel Tip: Avoiding Travel Scams
Travel Scams / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: Avoiding Travel Scams

Here’s the scene: you get an email or a call that you’ve won a free vacation. Great news, right? Not really. You’re probably dealing with some of the oldest travel… Read More…

Money, Currency & Credit / Shopping

Shopping Tours That May Save You Time and Money

OK, we’ve got a tough economy, so shopping may not be first on your mind. But if you travel with an expert, you just may save time and money.

Helpful and Convenient Travel Gadgets: The Best Money Clips
Business Travel / Luggage & Packing / Money, Currency & Credit

Helpful and Convenient Travel Gadgets: The Best Money Clips

When traveling, many road warriors advise against carrying a wallet in your back pocket. A wallet stuffed full becomes huge, inefficient and, most of all, tempting to pickpocketers. Some travelers… Read More…

7 Tips to Save Money on a European Holiday This Summer
Budget Travel / Europe / Mileage & Reward Programs / Money, Currency & Credit

7 Tips to Save Money on a European Holiday This Summer

Dream of Italy’s Kathy McCabe shares her money-saving tips on traveling to Italy (or beyond) this spring and summer. So if you’re headed to Europe this summer, don’t miss these… Read More…

Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

Save Money With Cash Back Deals at Credit Card Travel Portals

Credit cards can earn you more than just the standard frequent-flier miles. You might be able to get cash back on your travel purchases with certain credit card through a… Read More…

Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

Affordable and Cheap Air Travels in Tough Times

Today’s economic crisis has hit the travel industry hard, and some destinations are fighting back by offering great travel deals. So if you’re thinking about travel, this might just be… Read More…

Budget Travel / Culinary Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

Save Money on Food and Dining

Besides airfare and accommodations, it’s not a big surprise that much of our traveling budget goes to food. So here are some tips for saving on your dining dollars.

Money, Currency & Credit

Timeshares Explained

First they were called timeshares. Then there was fractional ownership. Now its vacation clubs and exchange clubs. But don’t let the semantics fool you into buying a deal before you… Read More…

Avoiding Classic Travel Scams
Travel Scams / The Travel Detective® Blog / Money, Currency & Credit

Avoiding Classic Travel Scams

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. You’ve heard all that before. But when it comes to classic travel scams, many of us turn a blind eye because… Read More…

Traveling When Currencies Crash: Silver Lining of a Global Economic Meltdown
Budget Travel / Asia / Money, Currency & Credit / South & North Korea / South America

Traveling When Currencies Crash: Silver Lining of a Global Economic Meltdown

As the American bailout gets underway, Europe stands on the precipice and the world holds its collective breath, it may not seem like the most auspicious time to head out… Read More…

Money, Currency & Credit

Converting Money Abroad

If you use your credit card abroad, you may be surprised to see extra charges weeks after you return.

As the Economy Tanks, Travelers Can Benefit
Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

As the Economy Tanks, Travelers Can Benefit

Talk about buckling your seatbelt for a bumpy ride. It couldn’t get crazier on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and then AIG. Wall Street is on a rollercoaster… Read More…

News Analysis: The Great International Credit Card Settlement
Travel News / Money, Currency & Credit

News Analysis: The Great International Credit Card Settlement

As Peter mentioned on his radio show last weekend, if you’ve used a credit or debit card or made an ATM withdrawal outside of the U.S. between February 1, 1996… Read More…

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Studying Abroad: Part Two
Travel News / Travel Tools / Budget Travel / Student Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Studying Abroad: Part Two

Last week, worldly college student Michelle Castillo shared her tips on things she wishes she had known before traveling abroad. Read on for part two of her handy advice that… Read More…

Travel Tips / Mileage & Reward Programs / Money, Currency & Credit

Beware of Frequent Flier Credit Cards

With frequent-flier miles becoming increasingly difficult to cash in, be wary of the costs of some airline-affiliated credit cards. The fees and caveats of airline-affiliated credit cards may not be… Read More…

Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

Beware Foreign Currency Restrictions

Even if you’re not an avid coin collector, travelers often end up bringing home loose change or extra bills. But what you may not know is that some countries outlaw… Read More…

Tourist Discount Cards: Deal or No Deal?
Travel News / Travel Tools / Budget Travel / Senior Travel / Mileage & Reward Programs / Money, Currency & Credit

Tourist Discount Cards: Deal or No Deal?

Check out Peter’s radio show this weekend, where he’ll be chatting with travel writer Tim Leffel. Tim will tell us the real deal on whether those ubiquitous tourist discount cards… Read More…

Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

Save Money By Stopping Bills While on Vacation

Save money by stopping bills— such as cable and high speed Internet — while you are away on a long vacation. Here’s how to do it. When you’re taking a… Read More…