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True, your own bank will probably charge a fee for using ATMs abroad, as well as the foreign bank you use. Nevertheless, you'll usually get a better rate of exchange at an ATM than you will at a currency-exchange office or even when changing money in a bank.
For overseas trips, look for guaranteed hotel rates. With your rate locked in you won't pay more, even if the price goes up in the local currency.
Using google is a fast way to find out the latest exchange rates. Just type in an amount and an explanation of how you want it converted (e.g., "14 Swiss francs in dollars").
Credit and debit cards aren’t all the same. Most major card companies tack on a foreign transaction fee of 2%–5% on any charge made internationally. Here are our Fodor's favorites for credit, debit, and reward cards.
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