Traveling without Credit Cards?

Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:01 AM
david west
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As a Londoner without a credit card I can honestly say that I don't miss it. CAsh is welcome everywhere, and Travellers cheques are easily converted.

It does make online and telephone booking impossible, but that can be obviated by advance planning and sending a cheque.
Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:34 AM
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A couple years ago I used a debit card in France and had no problem with it. I got the debit card through my Credit Union and before I went on my trip I deposited $2,000 in my account and was able to use the card like a credit card while on my trip. A side note on pin numbers: In France you can not use a pin number with letters in it. My experiences with travelers Cheques in Paris a few years ago was not good. Very few places would take TC and the exchange rate was high.
Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:38 AM
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Of course you CAN use a PIN with letters -- you just have to know which numbers are equivalent. They're the same as on a telephone -- 2=ABC, 3=DEF etc.
Apr 3rd, 2002, 10:24 AM
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Just incase of an emergency bring one credit card you never know what can happen. Also, how are you planning on staying in hotels, some ask for only credit cards when you first come to have a back up, and then they will let you pay in cash at the end. Another option is a bank card to your account, which usually is great for exchange rate and interest.

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