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10 days in Portugal - How much $$ should i bring??

10 days in Portugal - How much $$ should i bring??

Jun 7th, 2000, 09:58 AM
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ET
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10 days in Portugal - How much $$ should i bring??

My husband & I will be in Portugal for 10 days. Approximately how much spending $$$ is a good amt. to take?? We would like to do some sightseeing, would like to purchase gifts of course, & have quick meals & maybe two really nice meals. Would $1,000 to $1,500 cover it?? Are credit cards widely accepted?? Should we take less or more? Please help!! leaving on Friday!

Thanks!!
 
Jun 7th, 2000, 10:01 AM
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A bit late to build a budget? Not quite.

You'll find more than bit of help with constructing a budget at www.twenj.com/tipsbudget.htm Money and exchange issues discussed at www.twenj.com/moneyand.htm And Portugal is part of the eurozone so you might want to skim www.twenj.com/euro.htm

Ed
 
Jun 7th, 2000, 01:05 PM
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Ed -

Love your website! thanks!!!
 
Jun 7th, 2000, 02:02 PM
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We found that credit cards were widely accepted, used it at the gas station, grocery store (larger ones like Intermarche, not the mom and pop stores), nicer restaurants, most stores doing tourist trade, hotels, rental car. What we could not charge was admissions to museums and churches(all of them were approximately 600 escudos or $3 per person) or public transportation which was relatively inexpensive or the delightful pastries we found at the bakeries or fast food.
 
Jun 8th, 2000, 12:34 PM
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We were in Portugal the month of March. Grocery stores are everywhere, well stocked, and prices are roughly equal to here. Wine is cheap, and meals out a good bargain. we lunched each day like royalty for $25 for both. However, there is some petty crime, as everywhere these days, so take 500 dollars, 250 each person, and credit cards work everywhere. Hotels will usally cash a traveler's check (not the best exchange rate) and banks ditto. We noticed that some places added a "fee" for the use of the credit card. While not wide spread, they are doing this more..still, it is handy and safe way to travel. We xerox our cards and our passports, then tuck that paper in our suitcase. If all else fails, you can redeem yourself easily with a telephone call. Another point re Portugal, we had a difficult time finding an internet cafe, to check our e-mail. They are behind the times in this respect. But it is a wonderful country, and most everyone,at least On the beaten track, speaks english very fluently. If you go back into the hinterland, this is not the case.
 

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