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It sounds more like a rant than an actual question but I understand the sentiment of the expression. You can of course see a place from photos and videos but that is just a small part a place. It's like judging a person from their photo. You wouldn't expect a person that sees a photo of your or even 100 to get you, just as one cannot get a place by looking ...


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The experience of being at a place, seeing directly with my own eyes, is totally different, for me, from photographs etc. I don't use a camera much, because I often go to places for which there are already plenty of expert photos. I buy few souvenirs. I don't go to pick up boys, and am careful about letting strangers get close enough to steal from me. I ...


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Yes, I think it is true. What is lacking is a feeling for an atmosphere of a place that is often acquired subconsciously. You seemed to have done a lot of background research for many places, which is a good idea to do. Many peaple do to much and therefore get only little bit of everything. This may be useful as a general orientation, where afterwords ...


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Having been in thirty countries and taken photos in most, I'm thoroughly convinced that there is a huge difference between seeing a hundred photos of specific parts of an area at specific moments and seeing all of it over a length of time. Even a video can't compare with one's own field of vision. The photographs won't show you what the traveler didn't ...


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Given that I'm unable to reach the airline at this moment, can I just apply for a chargeback on my credit card? When you phrase it like that, no. To make a chargeback, you have to first give them a reasonable opportunity to resolve the issue directly with you. Not being able to reach them "at the moment" does not justify a chargeback. Given the ...


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Since your card was issued in the US, your card operates under US law. Federal law specifies, at 15 USC 1666(b)(3), that a credit card borrower ("obligor") may dispute a charge for goods or services not received: (b) Billing error For the purpose of this section, a “billing error” consists of any of the following: ... (3) A reflection on a ...


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With respect to Tor-Einar's more general answer, the position is a little more comfortable in the UK. I accept that the OP isn't there, but we're here for everyone, surely? Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 provides that the card issuer is jointly and severally liable to the card holder for claims in respect of misrepresentation or breach of ...


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It will depend on the details in the contract between yourself and your bank and/or consumer protection legislation in the applicable jurisdiction. Chargebacks' main intention is to prevent credit card fraud and to reverse unauthorized charges to your card. They are not necessarily rightful, just because the merchant doesn't provide the product or service ...


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Locally: Public transit is cash only (unless you have a weekly or monthly pass), exact change required. Taxis take credit cards but charge you an extra $3 to do so. The closest national park accepts cards but the link is poor enough that they have a sign up about cash being faster. In the not too distant past I have seen cash only signs at some park ...


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Late last year we spent two weeks on a roadtrip through FL and in San Francisco, from that experience I'd say you can live cashless 98% of the time. The only time we needed cash was: tip in the hotel one "hipster" restaurant booking the airport express in SF One important note I'm missing in this thread: Your VISA may be capped at a max no. of ...


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Take out some cash. Cash-free living may be harder for visitors than for residents, although it depends a lot on your spending pattern. As a visitor, your spending pattern is different than as a resident, and you might do some things that some residents who have lived cash-free for years rarely or never do. You may need more cash more frequently than a ...


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A lot of people here from Americans. We don't use ATM cards in Sweden; we use Visa/Mastercard (Credit or Debit), with youths offered Maestro instead. There is one thing they have not mentioned that affects some of us Swedes (myself included). If you have any special letters in your name, you might not be able to pay with your card in some stores. My surname ...


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Aside from hotel tipping, and a small number of government-driven fees (like park entrance fees), you can live in the US without cash. Although I typically carry about 25 $ in cash, just for emergencies, it turns out to be the same bills since years, as I never need them.


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Some things not mentioned by others about using your credit and debit cards in the US: Maestro cards don't work for purchases. You'll only be able to use these at ATMs to get cash. If you have a Visa Debit/Debit MasterCard and you use it at a payment terminal in the US, in some cases the terminal may ask the question "Debit or Credit". Always select Credit ...


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Almost. I also live cashless at home but usually bring some cash while travelling, either exchanged before hand or via an ATM if needed. For the US, it is mostly easy to pull with two exceptions: As @jcaron mentioned: Tips. Cash tips are often expected for help that has no other transaction. For tips with a transaction, you can usually add the amount on ...


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There's a few places where you may encounter difficulties: Lots of people expect tips in hotel, especially bellhops (the people who will carry your luggage to your room or into your car). I'm not sure about valets (those who park your car for you), I don't drive. Having a small quantity of one-dollar bills is always useful for those cases. In most other ...


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In most establishments this is perfectly acceptable and is increasingly so. Some "mom and pop" style restaurants may still be cash only, but that seems to be fewer and fewer. If you are gambling in a casino they typically prefer cash. Rental car and hotels tend to prefer credit. With the advent of square and fast mobile internet the barrier for ...


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Is it possible to travel the country (by public transportation) as tourist (including Stockholm, Gothenburg) WITHOUT a credit and debit card (and no app as well) In Stockholm it is possible. You will need to purchase either a single ticket, an SL card containing pay as you go credit, or an SL card containing a period ticket (24 hours, 72 hours, 3 days 7 ...


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I'd go to the store Pressbyrån and get a prepaid debit card to use during the stay. Using cash will be hard, many places don't accept cash. It will also be much more expensive. If you only want to use cash you will have to plan your trip very well so that you know what places accept cash. Getting tickets for public transportation during the evening and ...


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