AHS IB Italy Trip
Spring Break 2015
The Fun Never Stops!
Check out our highlight video:
Below is all the info you need to prepare for your trip. All of the handouts from our meetings are here, as well as some fun videos that will give you a preview of our fabulous adventure.
Questions about Money?
The very best way to get cash in Europe these days is to put your ATM into a machine after you get there. You will get the local currency at the best exchange rate with minimal fees.
Another good idea is to ask your local bank to get some Euros for you and take that instead of dollars. It usually takes 1-2 days, and you’ll get a good rate there, too.
How_Much_Money_Do_I_Need ? (Updated 1/20/15)
Exchange Rate: $1.10 = One Euro
Check today’s exchange rate: xe.com
Remember that the official exchange rate is what the banks give each other. Mere mortals like us will pay a bit more. Every credit or debit card will charge something for international purchases. If you can keep your fees around 3%, then you’ve got a good deal.
The ‘chip’ cards are more widely used in Europe than here in the states. If you have an opportunity to get one, go ahead. However, only a few unmanned kiosks (toll booths, a few soda machines) are unable to take a regular credit or debit card. This shouldn’t be a problem for us on this trip. Rest assured, your ATM with 4 digit pin will work for you in Italy.
Click on these titles to see the handouts:
What to do with our free afternoon in Florence? Climb Giotto’s Belltower (Campinile) or into the great dome? Explore street markets and visit masterpieces at the Ufizzi?
Here are some great ideas to get you started: Florence Travel Guide
Before we go: You WILL need a passport to get on the plane.
If you already have one, make sure the expiration date is more than six months after our return date, so it should be valid through September 15, 2015. Please follow the instructions carefully at:
Please do not sign up for a service that promises to help you get a passport. In the end, you will still have to go to the passport office with your long form birth certificate, parents or their paperwork, and apply in person. Don’t pay extra for a service. While you’re at it, I recommend getting the US Passport Card in addition to the book. The card can be used as supplemental ID for credit card purchases while traveling, allowing you to leave your passport book in the hotel safe.
Talk to Mr. or Mrs. Bartholomee if you have any questions.