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Subject: Re: Currency question Date: 3/25/2010 9:51 PM
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As some one who was born in the United Kingdom and now lives in the US but returns to the UK most years I can confirm that most stores will not except Euros - a handful of the bigger stores will but there exchange rate will be less than ideal and they will give you your change in pounds anyway.

The best bet is probably a combination of ordering some pounds (or travelers checks) in advance and using a your credit card (but check what charges they add). Some credit cards are very good but others are appalling. Also, remember to tell your credit card company you are going overseas. Some credit card companies will helpfully block your card assuming it has been stolen the first time you use it overseas (not the best start to your vacation). If you do decide to order currency if you are ordering more than a small amount you are best to talk to a specialist vs using your bank (I have seen some very bad exchange rates at US banks). Credit cards (Visa and master card are accepted everywhere but normally aren't used for small amounts). ATMs are also common place and most US cards will work.

Take a tip from a Brit - you don't need to tip like an American in the UK. Even with the current exchange rate you will have enough sticker shock when paying for meals etc. In the UK its not normal to tip at all for meals or drinks. You might put down a small tip (5%) for a really good meal but it isn't the norm. If it makes you feel any better remember unlike the US serving staff get paid the full minimum wage.

Enjoy your trip. I went to university in Edinburgh and its a great city. Don't bother with a car for your time in the city, but do try to get out of the city for a while. The highlands are a short drive away. Depending on how long you are there you could also see quite a bit of the UK (the UK is small in comparison to the US).

Depending on exactly when you are going you migth want to look for the Edinburgh festival. This is a great a event but it does drive prices up a little.

Enjoy
Jonathan
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