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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

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Debit cards

Aren't debit cards the same as credit cards? No, they are very different and have different characteristics when you're trying to use them overseas which aren't always apparent.

The first key difference is that they are directly linked to your bank account and this makes them a little more risky to take abroad (it's much safer to take credit cards and a cash card).

Debit cards for internatio...

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Last updated 1 Nov 2007

How should you take your holiday money? Cash?

I find that very few people give any thought to how they should take their money when they go on holiday beyond saying they’d like $200 or whatever to the travel agent and thereby getting ripped off. So, to help you decide, here’s a little guide:

The first thing to do is to check what currency is used at your destination. If it’s a mainstream currency such as dollars or euros then it’s best to ...

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Planning a short-break holiday

Short-break holidays tend to be quite different from normal holidays in a number of key areas and hence it’s best to plan them differently too.

By “short-break” we mean a holiday that is anything from two to five days in duration. Less than two days and you’re talking a day-trip which is quite different; more than five and you’re edging into the territory of normal holidays.

In that they’re...

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Pre-holiday preparations

After you book your holiday, there are a number of things that you need to do in advance of the vacation itself. This is a fairly comprehensive list so not all items will be required for every country you visit.

Visas. Check with the embassies in your own country if you need a visa to visit the countries you are going to (this information is usually available online). It’s best...

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Where should I go on holiday?

Where you should go is really determined by how much time you have available. That in turn creates five basic types of holidays:

1. Daytrips.

2. The short break consisting of anything from a few days up to about a week.

3. Normal holidays, usually 10 to 14 days.

4. Extended holidays of three to six or seven weeks.

5. The “big trip” of several months to a year or more.

In practica...

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