LG Mobile Phones – The Perfect Combination of Elegant Style and Superior Performance

The LG mobile phones are the most appreciated handsets in terms of their ultra-modern looks and user-friendly features. These devices are integrated with superb multimedia and business features. These handsets have manufactures by focusing on your requirements, interests and budget. An individual can purchase these handsets at very reasonable prices. There are a wide range of mobile phones by LG. A person can choose the right model according to his budget and requirements. Some of the famous mobile phone series, that are manufactured by LG are, the Chocolate series, LG Viewty, LG Prada and LG shine.

All these devices from LG are pre-loaded with the latest technologies, such as Bluetooth, GSM network compatibility, an outstanding camera, FM radio and many more features. The phones under LG chocolate series come with the sophisticated multimedia options which can be accessed easily. The LG KG800 chocolate, the latest phone from this series, comes with an unique and exquisite design. The gadget is also integrated with the great specifications such as a fantastic camera with flash, tri-band network and also enhanced with the Java technology. A hidden heat sensitive touch pad allows you to use this gadget with supreme ease. The screen of this product supports 256K colours along with high resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. This feature enables you to view the videos and images with supreme clarity.

The LG Viewty phones come with 5 mega pixels camera with the high resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. These handsets are available in various colours in the market. You can choose his favourite widget from a wide range of colours. These handsets are also equipped with a music player which provides high quality sound output. LG KU990 is one of the latest mobile phones from the LG Viewty. This phone also has 5 mega pixels camera which is capable to capture supreme-quality pictures. One can record videos at the rate of 120 frames per second. It has a large 3.0 resistive touch-screen that enables you to view the high quality pictures on the device.

There is another most popular series named LG Prada from LG. LG has introduced a touch-screen mobile phone into these phones. LG Prada handsets are well known for their designer and stylish phones. The main features of these phones are a powerful camera, music player, built-in FM radio and several more features. This gadget also allows you to share images and videos with other persons through Bluetooth and other connectivity technologies.

On the other hand, LG shine phones are power-packed with a combination of fascinated features and gorgeous design. They have an user-friendly keypad that allows the users to work with it in an easy way. The LG KE970, the fantastic phone from the LG Shine, has a built-in 2 mega pixels camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens. This camera phone enables you to take excellent photos with the help of auto-focus and flash features. One can also listen his favourite audio tracks with the help of music player that supports MP3, AAC and AAC+formats of files. This phone has a multi-function scroll key which would be highly useful for accessing the various applications, such as contacts, images, videos, messages etc.

Finally, we can conclude that LG Mobile phones are empowered with hi-tech features and latest advanced features. These gadgets can grab the interest of every person, just because of their exceptional qualities. These handsets are enriched with 3G network compatibility, GPRS, Bluetooth, USB and several additional functionalities. Every person can use these features without any hassles.

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Cheap Travel – An Example on How You Can Benefit From Computer Errors on Booking Sites

There is one thing that happens time after time and it will never stop happening provided that search engines everyday perform more complicated operations. The possibility of a computer program to make a mistake or the possibility even higher of a programmer to fail in any line of code can be a cause for a good discounted ticket.

I explained that back in the past, but right now I have a proven example that has happened to me and I wanted to share it with you. I won’t mention the name of the airline because I don’t want to make any bad publicity. The story begins when I booked my flights to go back to Spain for Christmas to visit my family. I booked a flight before Christmas, and another one coming back on the 1st of January, in order to start the year again here in Sweden.

The strange thing was that last year I did exactly the same, but I couldn’t book the first of January, as the day did not appear as a day when the airlines was flying, or it was no more available seats. I didn’t know, but it was impossible to book for the first. Recognizing that it was strange that this year they were able to fly on the first of January, I took the decision to book this one, as the price was only of 1 cent of euro ($0,0075). The taxes were about 6 euros ($4), so I had my trip for this price.

What happened next? Well, during two months it happened nothing. And then, last week, suddenly I received an e-mail from the airline apologizing that it was a mistake and it was no flights on the first of January, it seems that an error in the computers showed the day as available and allowed customers to make their bookings during some days. They offered the possibility to be transferred to the 2nd of January, to change to another day for the same price, or simply to cancel the flight.

Actually what I did was to come back to Sweden later on a day that would have been a lot more expensive in another way (that was the reason why I didn’t book it before). The total price if I had to book this day was about 150 euros. Instead, changing my ticket for that day due to the computer problem I took this flight for 6 euros. You don’t really need to calculate the percentage of savings to understand that this was a really great deal.

Well, possibly I will invest the money saved in buying some nice presents for my family. In any case, this article is just a reminder that you don’t really need to be that much lucky to face a computer error. How many times have you complained that your system freezes or errors happen? Well, the guys in the airlines have exactly the same problems as you do, and this can cause alterations in the information showed to the consumer. Nobody is perfect, and we need to take advantage of that.

Business Travel Agents Tips: Things to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

You arrive at the airport, your flight is delayed or even cancelled? Flight delay compensation is an important topic travellers should know about, especially when it comes to business travel. Whether it is due to bad weather such as snow, a security alert or a strike, there are many reasons for flight delays and cancellations. But whatever the reason, it means you have to stay involuntarily longer at the airport before you can travel to your destination or back home. Plus, you may be entitled to flight delay compensation or a refund. Here are some important rules helping you to make sure you are not left out of pocket and make the most of the involuntarily gained extra time.

1. Know your rights

From getting refunded for all your food and drink expenses to getting a hotel or some alternative transportation, you should know what you are entitled to. So, if your flight is cancelled or heavily delayed, you’re protected by the Denied Boarding Regulation (EU rule 261/2004 and repealing regulation (EEC) No 295/91). Unless ‘extraordinary circumstances’ apply, you can claim a financial flight delay compensation for cancelled or heavily delayed flights totalling:

€250 (£210) for inter-EU flights of 930 miles or less

€400 (£330) for flights between 930 and 1,860 miles

€600 (£500) for other journeys (long-haul flights)

It applies for EU flights, which includes any flights leaving from or arriving at an EU airport with an EU-based airline. Plus, your compensation may be reduced by 50% depending on flight distance and the ultimate arrival time. This means the reduced compensation applies to short haul flights within two hours, to medium haul flights within three hours and to long haul flights within four hours. But remember, flight delay compensation is only applicable if it is the airline’s fault (i.e. no act of God applies, such as natural catastrophes, incl. earth quakes, volcanoes or bad weather or political unrest). To claim flight delay compensation simply write to your airline stating the flight number, date, length of delay and reason for the claim. Sometimes airlines try offering you vouchers as flight delay compensation, but you don’t have to accept them and can ask for a cash refund instead. If your airline refuses to compensate you, contact the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for support and advice. Note, technical faults, unless they result from events which, by their nature or origin, are not part of the normal exercise of the airline, do not count as extraordinary circumstances.

Your right to reimbursement comes into play, if the delay is a minimum of five hours. You should get a reimbursement within seven days, for the cost of the flight ticket, the part of the trip not travelled and the parts already travelled, provided they are then useless. Where applicable, you may be even entitled to the earliest possible return flight to your departure destination or rerouting along with a refund.

During the travel disruption you should receive assistance from your airline, including food, drinks, two free telephone calls, faxes or emails, as well as accommodation and transport transfers to and from the hotel – where applicable. This is regardless of the reason for the delay/cancellation.

2. Networking

It’s always good to make friends, so why not use the downtime for extending your network. Try to see the positive of dealing with flight delays. Seen from a practical level, you may be able to share costs, e.g. for a taxi into town. Also being friendly towards the airport staff may prove helpful. Especially in these kinds of situations they encounter a lot of stressed and unfriendly customers, although the delay/cancellation is none of their personal fault. If you are friendly they are much more likely to help you, maybe even give you some extra advice.

3. Gate-crash the airport lounges

Those of you flying Business Class or being members of corporate airline loyalty or frequent flyer schemes will already be in the VIP lounge enjoying a nice drink and peanuts. It’s a far quieter and relaxed environment. This may be the best option when having to wait for a delayed flight. But if you are neither flying business class, nor a member of a loyalty scheme, be advised that in some cases these lounges are not exclusive and you may be able to access them for a fee of around £20. This could be much cheaper than getting your food and drink from an airport bar.

Furthermore, desk agents in these lounges are often authorised to make fast, last-minute reservations’ changes and there are usually far fewer people ahead of you in the queue. At least you can enjoy the Wi-Fi and free snacks (or booze!) while you have to wait. In the case of a flight cancellation or major delay, and you are at the airport immediately contact the airline you are travelling with. To change the ticket and get advice on the available options, it is best to go to your airline’s ticket desk, as soon as possible. Your business travel management company should continually provide pro-active telephone support throughout, as Flightline Travel does.

What are your top tips for dealing with flight delays and cancellations?

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Flightline Travel Management – Pro-active business travel support services for corporate travellers

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How to Travel for Less

Travel broadens the mind. When you travel to different parts of the world you start to realize that the world is a big, big place. You start to realize that you and where your from is quite different from other people and places (yet kinda the same). Since the dawn of globalization, travel costs have been steadily declining with technology making it easier to find cheaper alternatives to travel.

A lot of people are always amazed when I tell them how cheap it is to travel in Europe(I am currently situated in Vancouver). When I tell them how much I pay for flights, they always drop their jaws in amazement and say “Whaaat?”. Even some of my own European counterparts are shocked(although this is becoming rarer with dawn of the recession). This person usually goes on to say how they spend hundreds or thousands on flights for holidays. I don’t understand it but maybe people just don’t know. Regardless I am going to share my experiences with you on how I get cheap flights and cheap holidays. Now the first thing you have to do is remove any preconceived notions you have about certain airlines or airports. Unfortunately, busy airports and terrible airlines have always existed (and always will).

1: Booking

This one seems obvious but I have to stress the point to you. This literally could mean $$$. Book online. It saves you so much trouble. The first thing you have to do in order to get cheap travel is to remove the notion in your head that the airline should fit around your schedule. There are millions of potential customers that book their holidays off work first then try to get the flight for those same weeks. Instead, book the flights first then book your holidays off work. Doing it this way means you are not restricting your flexibility and you have the option of scrolling through different dates and selecting the cheapest one. The majority of airlines now offer booking online and I have had amazing success with this in the last few years. I have been from Dublin to Leeds for under €10(for four days return), to Barcelona for €40(five days return) and from Dublin to Vancouver for €701 (three month return but stayed longer). Simply because I did not restrict myself to a schedule. I booked the flight regardless of any schedule(because if I didn’t snap up these opportunities than I am sure someone else would have).

I am not even a good example. I have talked to people who have travelled around places for half of what I paid. I praise such innovation in people. Such competition between people creates a great rapport. It adds fun to booking holidays and better options for your wallet. Some people are deluded into thinking that paying more means getting more. Well why would you want to fly with a private airline when you can get a budget airline like Ryanair or Easyjet that usually gets you on time for a fraction of the cost.

2: Supply and Demand

Yes there is economics involved in booking cheap flights. Let’s say there are 50 seats on a plane. It is quite logical to assume that they are all the same price. Now when someone buys a seat, there is only 49 left. Since there are fewer seats left that means there is going to be more demand for the remaining seats as well as a higher price. That is simply to do with the economic laws of supply and demand. Always keep this in mind when booking flights that the price you see today will be different tomorrow.

It’s always good to assume the attitude of a businessman(or woman) when flying. Businesses are always trying to cut costs, save time and boost profits(as I am sure anyone who was laid off will tell you). Well why can’t we as individuals be the same. We should always be striving to take advantage of efficiency.

3: Terms and Conditions

The first time you fly with a new airline, it is important to read the terms and conditions with particular attention to the extra charges or fines. Ryanair(the best airline ever) have a reputation for this. All these charges are actually designed to make the airline more efficient and profitable. So yes they overcharge for luggage but that means the plane carries less luggage and there is less security delays and the plane almost always takes off in time. Just because the Terms and Conditions are there to encourage efficiency it does not mean they are not going to be enforced. Nowadays all one has to do is open the terms and conditions in a new window/tab(or download the document) and hit ctrl and F(cmd and F in a mac), type in a keyword or letter and read the context of the keyword. So now computers have given you the an easy way to be familiar with a very laborious document. Use it wisely.

4: Be your own travel agent

I remember once Michael O’Leary said jokingly “All travel agents should be lined up against a wall and shot”. He is a particularly outspoken individual but many felt this was too far(even though it was just regular Irish humor). What O’Leary was suggesting was that many of the individuals are exploited by the middleman. I can tell you that if you book the flights yourself, book the accommodation yourself and everything else, you will save a ton of money and time. The internet has allowed us to cut out the middlemen but many people still turn to them as if they have some inspirational short-cut through the system. Somehow, I doubt it. Save yourself the money and just do everything yourself. There is only three things you need to figure out, getting there, staying there and getting around while you’re there (maybe travel insurance also).

5: Don’t just think airlines

There is also cars, inter-continental trains, boats, cruise ships and if you’re lucky submarines and rockets. Hopefully soon we will have teleportation or at least travel at light speed.

6: Take what you need not what you want

Take the bare minimum when travelling. Nothing worse than dragging a suitcase full to the brim with clothes and trinkets only to be going on holiday for 3 days. Instead of thinking what you need to bring, think exactly what you can cut out! I used to fall into this trap a lot. I would want to pack my bag with books, handheld console(as well as games), dozens of socks, underwear, swimming trunks and many changes of clothes. I only noticed after many years that this was pointless as half this stuff was never used. So I was carrying around baggage for no reason whatsoever. The power of hindsight never ceases to amaze me. Carrying less means less cost. It also has the added ability of more mobility and a lighter load while walking around the airport..

“Instead of thinking what you need to bring, think exactly what you can cut out”

7: Making the most of it

Remember how I told you that I would bring a lot of luggage while travelling. Well I used to never want to explore either. I would grab a book or grab Game boy and sit in a corner. I regret those actions now but I wish I never had to regret them in the first place. When I come home from holiday, I want to be able to tell people about everything I did(it’s the vanity in me). Nothing sounds worse when your friends come back from holiday and all they have to say is “laid on beach to get a tan”. Although I have no problem with this, I just couldn’t imagine myself doing it. Remember this is your holiday not someone else’s. Do it whatever you(and your family) want and not on someone else’s timetable. Be ready to grab a good opportunity when you see it. Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to explore a new part of the world simply because you had made an excuse.

Profiting From the Euro Currency

All over Europe people are celebrating a birthday. Ten years ago this month the Euro was born. Ok, not so much born as created. The EuroZone is celebrating the birthday of the Euro… as they should. The Euro has been one of the biggest drivers to economic expansion in Europe over the last decade. Some might argue this fact, but I believe it’s true.

The Euro was quickly adopted by citizens and businesses in countries across Europe.

All at once, country to country travel became easy. No need to trade currency at ever stop. Business activity accelerated. No need to deal in multiple currencies and experience currency risk. Accounting got easier. Business transparency improved.

Even interest rates fell.

Within a few years, countries converting to the Euro scarcely remembered their old currencies. It was good times in the EuroZone. Unfortunately all of that has changed recently. The Euro is facing its biggest threat.

When the Euro started trading, it was valued at 1.18 Euros to the US Dollar. Now it trades for about 1.39 Euros to the Dollar. An appreciation of almost 18%. Unfortunately, the Euro’s been falling against the dollar over the last few months.

In late summer it traded as high as 1.60. As it falls, it threatens the stability of the entire EuroZone. If the Euro is devalued against the Dollar in a significant way, it could threaten its very existence.

Now, I’m not telling you anything you couldn’t have read in the Wall Street Journal or discovered through a little research of your own.

What I do want to point out is recent market action in the Euro. The Euro has rallied since late November, gaining almost 12%.

Why the recent run-up?

Because the US Federal reserve cut interest rates to near zero. That drove investors out of the US Dollar and into the higher yielding Euro.

But here’s the issue… the Fed can’t cut rates anymore (at least I don’t see them posting a negative interest rate any time soon). But the European Central Bank can. Their interest rate is currently 2.5%. That means if they cut further, the Euro could fall against the value of the dollar.

Watching these interest rates closely is an important part of currency trading.

As the global credit crisis and recession further crush the economy, you’d expect the value of the Euro to fall as well. This is a one-two punch that could serve as a knockout-blow to the Euro.

The easy way to profit from this trend is by using a double short ETN.

Market Vectors Double Short Euro ETN (DRR) allows us to profit from the fall of the Euro. The fund should move double the daily direction of the Euro… and I’m expecting that direction to be down.

Now if an idea like that’s not a great birthday gift, I don’t know what is.

Brian Mikes is the editor of the Dynamic Wealth Report, a free investment newsletter that offers investment ideas and news you can’t get from the mainstream investment press. Brian and his team bring decades of Wall Street and Silicon Valley experience to help you discover profitable trading ideas you can use today.

Understanding the Euro Rate

The Euro is the official currency of 13 countries in Europe. Finland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands all use the Euro. There is approximately EUR610 billion Euros in circulation right now. That amounts to about $800 billion in USD.

The Euro rate is the current value and exchange rate of the Euro. Whether you are a businessperson or you are just traveling or shopping, it is important to know the Euro rate when dealing financially with those 13 European countries.

More than 320 million Europeans use the Euro, so knowing the Euro rate will help you to do business with those people. The value of the Euro rate is greater than that of the US dollar rate. What that means is right now, one US dollar ($1) converts to only .69 Euros.

The Euro rate ultimately affects a great deal of the foreign exchange, or forex, market. The economy of those 13 European countries serves as the main basis for the Euro rate. Negative factors such as war, drought and recession also affect the Euro rate. On the other hand, positive factors also affect the Euro rate. These positive factors can include an economic boom and lower interest rates.

Knowing the value of the Euro rate is vital if you are interested in or are planning to invest in the foreign exchange market. The foreign exchange market is the single most pervasive market in the world, and exists anywhere where people can exchange one nation’s currency for another nation’s currency.

If you need more information on the Euro rate and the foreign exchange market, you can find a wealth of information on the Internet.

Euro Disney: Short Breaks to Disneyland Paris Resort

Short breaks to Disneyland Resort Paris are becoming more and more popular for recreation and vacation. The resort is located at Marne-la-Vallee in the eastern suburbs of Paris, the capital of France.

Construction began in 1988 and the theme park complex was officially opened on 12 April 1992, but attendance was low. And there were protests from those who thought a Disney park in France would harm French culture.

In 1994, two years after opening, it had to be rescued from bankruptcy with a 16 billion franc rescue package, and concerns as to its survival only really faded with the arrival of a billionaire prince from Saudi Arabia who became the company’s largest investor.

In October 1994 the park changed its name to Disneyland Paris, and is now known as Disneyland Resort Paris.

In 1995, the theme park started to attract more visitors and what was almost a failure for the Walt Disney Company has over the years become more and more popular and successful.

There’s nothing like Euro Disney short breaks for a short burst of fun. This is a must for children, but will please all ages because young and old can find their favorite Disney characters from movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lion King” to name two.

One of the best times to visit Euro Disneyland in Paris is on weekdays. But try to avoid the French public holidays and school vacations because the park gets very crowded at these times. The least busy time is September to October and May to June.

The resort offers a great selection of hotels in and around the park. And most are within easy walking distance of the attractions. The many restaurants and bars in the park can be very costly, especially for the whole family. There are, of course, McDonald’s or you can bring something to eat and drink with you into the park.

Euro Disney is located 32 kilometers (19 miles) east of Paris, ideally located within easy reach of the major international road network. By car it takes about 45 minutes from Paris, depending on traffic. For Euro Disney Short Breaks to Disneyland Paris Resort take the highway A4 (highway east). For the amusement park and hotels, take exit 14 “Val d’Europe, Disneyland Park.”

The fastest way to get to the park is to take the RER A train, which takes you quickly to the heart of the Enchanted Kingdom. The journey takes between 35 to 40 minutes and trains run daily. They run every 10 to 20 minutes from 5:30 AM to midnight. It’s also very easy to get to Disneyland Resort Paris by Eurostar train. Special trains operate daily and direct from St Pancras, London and the journey takes about 2 h 40 min.

The Eurostar operates a service from Ashford in Kent to Disney, and travel time is approximately 2 hours. On Euro Disney short breaks, you can leave your luggage at the station and it will be transferred to your hotel while you enjoy your visit to the park. The Resort is well served from Charles de Gaulle International Airport, which operates high-speed TGV services to the resort from Terminal 2. The trip takes about 10 minutes. Shuttle buses also connect the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports with the hotels.

Seven Big Mistakes Travelers Make

Number One – Failure to inform your ATM issuer and credit card companies about your international destination(s), country-by-country. With fraud and identity theft at an all time high around the globe, you will be unpleasantly surprised when after handing over the credit card or inserting your trusty ATM card in the machine, the nasty word DENIED pops up. It may not happen on your first transaction but I’ll bet a dozen doughnuts it happens on the second. Make that telephone call and inform them exactly what countries are on the itinerary. That way you’ll avoid the embarrassment and panic of hearing, “…so sorry, madame, your card has been denied…”

Number Two – Overpacking, need I say more? No, but I will. Like it or not, the world is a blue jean society. The perception of an “Ugly American” in sneakers and blue jeans is so not true. Walk the streets of Paris, Rome, London and you’ll see the locals in blue jeans, fancy Converse, hi-tops, “bowling shoes”, a scarf jauntily tied around necks but still casual. The great majority are locals are not Vogue material. And now the airlines are going to charge for a second bag. You absolutely do not need a second bag unless preparing to make a fashion statement or attend multiple functions. Think minimal mix-and-match clothes and check the weather on the Internet before you go.

Numbers Three, Four and Five below are a result of not doing a little homework pre-trip.

Number Three – Over-scheduling sightseeing. There’s only so much a person can see and absorb before the brain shuts down and/or boredom sets in. How many St. Sebastian’s filled with arrows can one person see in a day and remain interested? Make a sketchy plan before leaving home of must-sees with downtime, and vary them to maximize your time. One museum a day is my rule and some museums have free entrances on Sunday, certain nights of the week and days in a month. (The Louvre is free the first Sunday of every month.) It’s even possible to book ahead and buy your Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum tickets on line! That’s a big time saver. Check that out before the trip begins and take advantage. Leave lots of time to just walk around, do a little shopping, stop for a glass of wine, and immerse yourself in the experience.

Number Four – Attempting to visit too many countries in a short period of time. The temptation is thinking, “…I’m going so far and have to see as much as possible…” Instead repeat over and over again, “I will return.” And if you are with a group, pass on one of the included meals after a few days and go off on your own. Everyone needs a break from the 7a-9p routine of wake-up…breakfast…sightseeing…lunch…sightseeing…dinner…fall in bed, and repeat the next day.

Number Five – Take time to research a destination before you leave home to avoid disappointment. What is there to see? Do, etc.? A friend of mine just returned from a European river trip and was disappointed. Why? Because it rained! Have reasonable expectations and know before you go…

Number Six – If there is any sort of problem with the tour, hotel room, food, tell your guide/hotel manager/restauranteur immediately. Don’t wait and let it fester. The faster you voice a complaint, the faster it can be corrected. This is not being an “Ugly American” but a proactive traveler. After all, you paid for it.

Number Seven – Use your ATM card for local currency even though most banks tack on a service charge. There are bancomat’s in 99% of the airports, railway stations and up and down streets throughout the world. Absolutely do not, under any circumstances, change money at home for the currency of your destination. For example, the Euro is currently trading at 1.42 Euros to $1 U.S. In other words (because the Euro is confusing), it will cost you $1.42 U.S. to get 1 Euro. At almost all airport currency booths, it will cost $1.62 to get 1 Euro. Do the math…an additional 20 cents on each dollar. Additionally, do your very best not to come home with any leftover Euros (or other currencies) unless planning a return trip. You’ll be lucky to receive $1 U.S. back for every Euro, a loss of forty-two cents

France Singles Vacation – What to Pack and Travel Info

Planning a France singles vacation to Europe and not sure what to pack. The France country information and trip tips below will make sure you have everything you need to ensure a wonderful vacation.

Visas are not required for US, Canadian and European citizens. To enter France, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by all nationals. South African citizens must have a passport that is valid upon their arrival, and a valid Schengen visa, to enter Italy. All other citizens please check with your local embassy for visa requirements.

The Currency in France is the Euro and comes in both paper and coins. Paper Euros come in different colors and sizes depending on the face value, 500 bills are violet, 200 bills are yellow, 100 are green, 50 are orange, 20 are blue, 10 are red and 5 are grey. The coins are either 1 Euro or 2 Euros, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.

France is on Central European Time (CET), which is 6 Hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 9 Hours ahead of Pacific Standard (PST) – During daylight savings time, France is 5 Hours ahead of EST and 8 Hours ahead of PST.

Electricity in Italy, as in the rest of Europe, comes out of the wall socket at 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second. Italy’s electric outlets are either two or three round-prong socket. If you are traveling from North America you will need to use an electric converter.

France’s weather can be very diverse and changes from region to region and city to city. Paris and Lyon share some of the country’s coldest winters and summers are usually warm, with temperatures in the mid 70’s F in Paris and the low 90’s F in Lyon. Be prepared for a quick thunderstorm in July and August. Mediterranean climate can be found along the French Riviera and summer is the best time of year to vacation in the south of France. The average temperature is around 85 F.

The French are all about the fashion. If you don’t want to look like a tourist then don’t wear any of the following: white sneakers and white socks – baseball caps – fanny packs – sweatshirts or sweatpants. For easy travel, pack clothing that can be layered depending on the day’s weather. Neutral colors are always easy to match. Add a sweater or lightweight jacket that you can carry with you in case it gets cold.

France is one of the world’s top shopping countries and even people who hate shopping enjoy shopping in Paris. The most important word to know when shopping in France is SOLDE – English translation – SALE. Prices displayed in shops in France always include sales tax (“la TVA” – value added tax) and the price on the label is the price you will be pay.

Caxton Euro Currency Card Review

The Newcastle Building Society has been a major contributor to the financial growth of the United Kingdom since 1861. Currently as the largest financial institution in the UK, they offer a variety of intermediary services to their local customers. With an emphasis on UK credit cards they specialize in Prepaid Currency Cards like Caxton Euro.

Caxton Euro Currency Card

If most of your travel is between European countries, the Caxton Euro Currency Card could be the most appropriate option for you. Like other prepaid currency cards, you can load it via SMS text message, over the phone, or the internet, and when you do, you can be sure that it will secure the best exchange rate.

Like other travel cards, there is no fee to use your card when you want to pay for restaurant, hotel, or retail services in the local currency. Technically, this is what this prepaid UK credit card is designed to do.

With customer service available to you 24-hours a day, they can even send you a replacement card no matter where you might be at the time!

If you like to carry cash in the local currency, the Caxton Euro Currency Card is right up your alley. This is because it bears no charge to withdraw money from any ATM in Europe. However, the small fee to access cash at ATMs outside of Europe is in no way deterring since there are no other fees you will have to worry about. Since this fee is only designed to help upkeep costs and not to pay for your services, it is very low and easy to manage.

As a matter of fact, not many cards offer these kinds of benefits without any membership or maintenance costs, which this card conveniently lacks.