Hello! I had a question about how you handled your money whilst you were traveling. I know you said you mostly used your card to make purchases, but did you originally bring any physical cash with you? Did you ever run out or feel like you needed cash just in case? Also, how did you handle different currencies in cash in the different countries you visited?
I didn’t take any cash with me, other than a few dollars to get a snack at the airport.
When I got to Europe I went to a bank and used the ATM to withdraw 150-200 Euros at a time with my bank debit card. I used my credit card (with no forgeign transaction fees), but when I did use cash it was mostly out of convenience. Sometimes it was just faster to use cash.
I started out using a money belt, but after the first day, I was like, “this is dumb”, so I ended up using that as a wallet, and kept my cash and important documents in there at the bottom of my backpack. And I would keep about 20 Euros in my front pocket at any given time, so if I needed to pay for something I could just quickly reach into my pocket, rather than dig into my backpack.
This system worked for me in Europe.
However for my upcoming trip to Mexico, Belize and Honduras, I’m going to have to use cash most of the time. When I get to the airport in Cancun, I’m going to withdraw maybe $200 from an ATM and then withdraw more when I need it. Then when we cross into the border into Belize and get on a water taxi to Caye Caulker, apparently there are people there that give the best exchange rates, so I’ll exchange most of my pesos for Belizean dollars. And then when we go to Guatemala, I’ll exchange all of my Belizean cash for Guatemala quetzales at the border.
Those cities flow nicely together.
I would do London - Paris - Amsterdam - Copenhagen (since it’s on the way) - Oslo - Berlin - Prague or vice versa.
You could take trains everywhere, but if you have a lot of time, you could take buses as well. If you’re short on time, you could also do some cheap flights, like I would probably fly from Oslo to Berlin.
The time you want to spend in each place is completely up to you. I would say 4 days to a week or more in London and Paris because they’re huge cities, and Amsterdam, Prague and Berlin at least 3 days, and Copenhagen and Oslo at least 2 days. But if you want to explore the outdoors (i.e. a cruise through the fjords) then add a few more days. Or if you have a long time to travel, you can spend as much time as you want!