10 Ways to Stretch Your Dollar in Europe
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The U.S. dollar has gained value against the euro lately, but that doesn’t suddenly make Europe a bargain. Transatlantic airfares are still steep, frequent-flyer miles are tough to use in summertime, and even though hotel, restaurant, and museum prices aren’t quite as high as they were a month ago, they’re still bracing. I’ve been in five European countries this year, and the biggest surprise was how pricey Paris has become. Last month Hotels.com released a Club Sandwich Index comparing prices for club sandwiches in cities worldwide and found that Paris is, in fact, currently the world’s most expensive city in which to order a club sandwich. The average price of a club sandwich in Paris is $33, Hotels.com says, versus $24 in Rome, $19 in London, $18 in Berlin, $17 in New York City, $12 in Chicago, and $10 in San Diego. Based on my recent trips to Europe, here are 10 tips for avoiding sticker shock there this summer, with photos from my Paris trip to illustrate.
Originally published on CondeNastTraveler.com in June 2012.