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HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY SHOULD STUDENTS BRING??

Subj:       Re: [FLTEACH] How much $$$ for students on trips?
Date: 5/29/00 7:19:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: SRDSHELLY@AOL.COM (Dave Shelly)
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Hi!

Partly this depends on what is covered with your trip and what they'll need
to spend on their own. Since we organize our own trips, I expect the students
to be responsible for their own money too.

In Spain I give them an estimate of $60 per day to cover lodging, meals,
in-country transportation and admissions for planned visits to attractions.
This does not include personal shopping/gifts or costlier recreation options.
Some students carry travelers checks (very easy to use, although they need to
be cashed during business hours); others prefer ATM cards or credit cards.

In Spain ATM cards work fine; if one doesn't spit out money, there's another
one down the block that will. They also have machines now for which you can
insert any major currency in the machine, and it will give out pesetas. Euros
are not yet in circulation. You still deal with each country's currency.

Since you're going on a trip organized by a company and the students have
prepaid some of the things that we handle on the go, your situation will be
different. I assume people with more experience in that area will reply.

Dave Shelly
srdshelly@aol.com
Wichita (Kan.) High School East


In a message dated 5/29/0 6:43:59 AM, young-m@JUNO.COM writes:

<< You who have traveled with students more recently than I, how much cash do you suggest they bring? We're landing in Geneva, 2 days there, then 2 weeks in France. I'm suggesting they get Euros in a trip pack for the first few days til they are settled in Paris. Are Euros easy to use (Geneva, Chillon, Montreux, Paris, and on the TGV)? Are debit cards problematic? Details i wouldn't worry about for myself, but for the kids it's different. They have less flexibility. Can you help? (It didn't seem this difficult 10 years ago when I last did this!) >>

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Subj:       Re: [FLTEACH] How much $$$ for students on trips?
Date: 5/30/00 8:38:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: SpanteachNJ@AOL.COM (Dana Pilla)
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I would use debit cards, they're much easier and the exchange is better.  They can
take out money at any back, and the fee is only $1.50 at most.

I seriously have never seen the EURO used, but all prices are now in EUROS so
people must be able to use them.

Dana Pilla
Edison High School
Edison, NJ
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Subj:       Re: [FLTEACH] How much $$$ for students on trips?
Date: 5/30/00 10:42:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: josettegrimsley@YAHOO.COM (Josette Grimsley)
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I just returned from European Capital Cities with ACIS
during Spring break. It was the best of the 10 I have
ever done with students.
Since 1980, I have always budgeted $30/day excluding
shopping for souvenirs. It still works. (500 for 15
days trip)
The prices are also given in Euros on the salestags
and menus everywhere, and the rate is almost the
dollar's rate, which makes it very easy to shop, but
the kids really can spot the differences with their
calculators, etc. and do well with exchange rates. But
the Euro won't be circulated till 2002.
Have fun!
Josette
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Subj:       Re: [FLTEACH] How much $$$ for students on trips?
Date: 5/31/00 1:52:17 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: sarahito@HOTMAIL.COM (Sarah Ito)
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FYI:
Please be careful with debit cards--especially while traveling.  I have
heard that unlike almost all credit cards, you COULD be held responsible for
any charges made if it is stolen. Credit cards usually have a limit of $50
for those type of purchases.  Before you go on a trip, ask your bank if it
is covered like credit cards.

PS>  When I went to Spain as a student in 1992, I took $400 for 3 weeks, but
only ended up spending $200 (we were with host famillies that paid our
daytime food only).  [Thinking back, I wish I had spent it ALL on things
like CDs, books, pictures and post cards, etc.]

Have a nice, safe trip!
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