Day-to-day spending overseas can be either cash or card-based. For most travelers, it is a balance between maximizing ease and minimizing fees.
Here are some tips on how to handle your money while overseas:
For tours that are 2 weeks or less, we recommend that you take a only two bags:
1) One carry-on bag: Maximum size is usually about 45 linear inches.
2) One personal item: A backpack works great, or a handbag. Maximum size is generally slightly smaller than carry-on bag allowance.
For longer tours:
1) One checked bag: Maximum weight is usually 50 lbs. and the maximum size generally 62 linear inches.
2) One carry-on bag: Maximum size is usually about 45 linear inches.
3) One personal item: A backpack works great, or a handbag. Maximum size is generally slightly smaller than carry-onbag allowance.
Generally, you might want to leave a tip of 10% if you are served by waitstaff. A little less if at a casual establishment, and maybe a little more if the service is really great at a more formal restaurant. If you order or pay at the county (in a pub), you don't need to provide a tip.
Make sure, however, to check the menu to see if service is included. If so, no need to leave a tip.
1-2 pounds/euro will do. If the tour did not cost you anything, add a few more if you really enjoyed the tour.
A pound/euro per bag will do. In some countries, they may not take your tip.
If the coach driver handles your bags and is rather personable and helpful, 1-2 pounds/euro per person per day will be appreciated.
Consider 10-20 pounds/euro per day person if they spend the day with you. Obviously if they provide exceptional service, tip on the higher end.
Simply round up to the next euro/pound if it's a short ride. For longer rides, a few euro/pounds will suffice. Add an extra bit if they help with your bags or go above and beyond to help you. If you feel uneasy about your taxi ride and it seems to take longer than it should, don't bother leaving a tip.
Sample Packing List:
1 pair “dressy”, or nice jeans/pants
2-3 pair jeans/pants/shorts for outdoor activities
2-3 pair khakis, or similar (maybe a casual skirt or decent khaki shorts)
1 “dressy” outfit (optional)
1 pair day to evening comfortable shoes/flats for city walking
1 pair hiking boots or athletic shoes with decent treads (optional; wear on plane to save room if you bring!)
1 pair running shoes (if you like to exercise!)
3-4 sweaters, fleeces or pullovers (wear one on plane to save room)
6 shirts (or more if you have space)
1 coat (water-resistant is recommended; wear on plane to save room)
Workout clothes (2 sets) and maybe a swimsuit
PJs, socks, and undergarments
Plastic grocery bags for wet or muddy items
Extra zippered carry-on size bag for laundry and/or souvenirs.
In “personal item” (small backpack)
1 pair sunglasses
1 baseball cap/hat and scarf (if weather will be cooler)
1 pair of gloves (if traveling when temperatures will be cool/cold)
Small bag/purse (for passport, credit cards, phone and cash)
1 quart plastic bag with 3 oz or smaller liquid toiletries (most hotels will have basic toiletries as well) and other toiletries (minimal)
Adapter with surge protector
Charge cord for phone; headphones
Journal and book/reading material