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Old 05-30-2007, 10:18 PM   #21
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Definately go with travelers checks, and just ask her exchange any cash to spend before she leaves the states so that she has the correct currency upon arrival. Note, if she comes back with lots of pound coins, or Irish change, etc, they will not exchange that upon arrival in the states ( paper money only). I had lots of pound coins lol. Food for thought.

I take back everything I said. I think it's time for mudbug to go to England, Wales, and Ireland. This would be your daughters second time right, according to when you started this thread last November. Let her earn her way. You deserve a trip sweetheart. You have wanted to go there, so do it! Daughter can work over the summer and earn the money for the trip.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:52 AM   #22
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LOL Amber - I think it's just one of those things we do selflessly for our kids!
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:13 AM   #23
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My kid is going to Europe...
...and all you'll get is a crummy t-shirt!
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:10 AM   #24
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I think she will do just fine with one debit/Jeanie/Star/Cirrus card, getting cash from an ATM machine whenever she needs it. I got mine from my podunk bank and have had no problems using it. I no longer get travelers' checks, got tired of carrying them back and forth from trip to trip, never used them and some places do not accept them. And when I did research on this, I did not get a good feeling about American Express.

Just take one card for the ATM, and don't forget what your pin number is!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:24 AM   #25
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No matter what age they are, they are still our 'babies' and will worry about them. Just had one return from trip and had unusual experience getting there and back. Everything has to do with the weather when you travel.

Sounds like wonderful time and hope she has lots to tell you when she gets home, if she has time. Seems parents are the last to know about what happened unless you talk to their friends. As long as they have good time is important. Hard to let them grow up.
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:13 AM   #26
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you know mud, I thought of something else. And someone please correct me if I am wrong. Places like museum gift shops accept American credit cards. I recommend MC or Visa, oddly enough, they are more universally accepted. If your daughter takes a regular credit card, that may be helpful. That way you do not have to guess how much mola you need to withdraw from the ATM, just put it all on the credit card, how simple is that. And this is where I am uncertain, and you may not want to tell your daughter anyway, but Harrods and other dept. stores may accept regular old American credit cards.

I hope your daughter has a wonderful and safe trip.
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:47 PM   #27
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Hi Mudbug how exciting. I had a high school girl come talk to me about People to People. It's a fun program and I would love my sons to join when they are older. They are just in elementary school right now and very young to go on trips abroad on their own.

Funny thing my 9 year old is ready to take off. He is part of chess club and he had an opportunity a year back to go to Russia and he was ready to go with his Grand master and other kids from middle school. I was not ready to send an 8 year old to Russia

Most major American credit cards - Citibank visa, mastercard and Amex are accepted widely in all of Europe. I was in England (London) and France (Paris) this past December and there were no issues.

People to People is almost like an organized tour so I would not worry much. Give them a credit card, cell phone and some travelers cheques (they can exchange them at the hotel concierge for Pounds).
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LOL Amber - I think it's just one of those things we do selflessly for our kids!
I know what you mean, I'm the same with my daughter, always put the kids first. One day you will get there Mudbug!
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:43 PM   #29
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thanks, everybody!

Right now we are leaning towards an Am Ex card. Borrowing an international cell phone from a Brit friend who became a citizen over here but travels back often to visit family.

We still have some time to come up with a solution that we feel comfortable with.

Yakuta, I will be happy to tell you about her experiences when she gets back if you like. They do have programs for middle schoolers.
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Just some updated info...the Visa gift cards are also replaceable if lost or stolen...same with the traveler's cheques. Just an FYI!
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