Maybe you think you're a savvy traveler. But how sharp is your knowledge of tips, fees and reasonable rates for vacation-related expenses? Take our quiz and see just how far you can stretch your vacation funds.
What is the average fee charged by ATMs in the U.S.?
According to watchdog Web site The Consumerist, automated teller machines (ATMs) in the U.S. charge an average of $2.40 per transaction. This easy access to cash can get expensive if you lean too heavily on ATMs during your vacation.
What baggage weight typically triggers most airlines' baggage fees?
75 pounds (34 kilograms)
50 pounds (22.6 kilograms)
A fee may apply to any checked bag, regardless of size.
This is a bit of a trick question. Although airlines have long had additional fees for oversize and excessively heavy baggage, simply checking a bag may now incur a $30 to $50 fee at many major airlines in the U.S. (and your second checked bag may cost you even more).
What is the size limit for carry-on bags on most airlines?
35 cubic inches (573 cubic centimeters)
22 inches long, 16 inches tall and 9 inches deep (0.55 by 0.4 by 0.22 meters)
Every airline's carry-on bag requirement is unique, but they generally fall into a similar size range. If your bag is smaller than 22 by 16 by 9 inches (0.55 by 0.4 by 0.22 meters), you'll probably be able to carry it on.
What is the polite amount to tip a waiter for good service in the U.S.?
Most servers expect a $10 tip for good service.
A $5 tip is the standard in the food service industry.
A courteous tip equals 15 percent to 20 percent of the bill.
Waitstaff, bartenders and many other service professionals who work in vacation destinations rely on tips as part of their income. General etiquette suggests that a tip of 15 percent to 20 percent of a meal's cost is an acceptable thank-you for good service.
What's the accepted amount to tip a taxi driver in the U.S.?
10 percent of the fare
15 percent of the fare
Taxi drivers typically earn slightly lower tips than waitstaff, with 15 percent of the fare being a generally accepted amount. Some travelers tend to tip slightly more if the driver loads and unloads bags or luggage.
How much should a traveler tip a tour guide in the U.S.?
The rate will vary depending on the location and nature of the tour.
This is a harder question to answer with a single figure since tours vary widely; a one-hour trip around a historic neighborhood may earn a smaller tip than a two-week guided canoe trip. Inquire with your travel agent or hotel concierge for an estimate.
The guide's rate is included in most tour fees.
Tour guides should not be tipped, as this shows you're carrying cash and could be a good target for theft.
a store where sales staff cannot legally work for commission
a store where international visitors can purchase goods without paying the host country's taxes and duties
A common sight in international airports, duty-free shops are exempt from the taxes and fees -- or duties -- that countries charge to import goods. International travelers are able to buy goods from these stores and take them home without paying these fees.
Governments' central banks work to establish the exchange rate, though it's not entirely within their control.
Most governments' central banks work to establish the value of their currencies when compared to other standards, such as the U.S. dollar. However, outside influences such as private money markets can force exchange rates to fluctuate.
What offices or businesses can legally exchange currency for you?
Only federally insured banks can exchange currencies.
Any business with access to enough cash can exchange currencies.
Some nations regulate money changers while others do not.
Developed nations such as the United States tend to set federal regulations on the types of businesses that can exchange currencies. In less developed countries where regulation is more relaxed, money changers may have little or no regulation.
How can you limit the risk of illness when traveling abroad?
Speak with your doctor about your trip and see if he or she recommends any preventive medication.
The best way to manage the risk of getting sick while abroad starts at home. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss medical issues that could come up at the destination; he or she may prescribe preventive medication for common ailments.
Speak with your doctor about the trip and see if he or she knows a physician in the destination area.
Your hotel will likely have a staff physician who can brief you on local risks.
Most airlines will fly sick passengers home for free.
Insurance is available to cover evacuation in medical emergencies.
Some insurers offer international evacuation policies that cover the cost of emergency transport home if a traveler is sick or injured. These policies vary greatly among providers, so talk to an agent for a given policy's details and costs.
Most hotels will allow travelers to stay an extra day if they are too sick to go home.