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Take what you are comfortable with, of course. My experience with travel insurance was that it reimbursed me but maybe yours will pay up front. If you end up in a hotel for extra days because of volcano ash or aircraft maintenance, it can eat up a surprising amount of money.

Volcano is a possibility. We are taking credit cards to handle emergency situations. I was checking if our existing credit cards would be useable in Europe. My husband has a credit card with chip and pin technology. He will request a new PIN for that card. I routinely destroy credit card PINs because of the fees associated with using them. I probably would pay the fees over using an ATM card out of country.

The second less critical item is if obtaining a new credit card which wouldn't charge foreign transaction fees would be worth it. We aren't expecting to use the credit cards. The fees for a couple of hundred dollars would not be worth maintaining another account. It would take a significant emergency to rack up major foreign transaction fees.
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