Quiz: Do you know how to defeat sneaky travel costs?
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.?
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.
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)
4 cubic feet (0.11 cubic meters)
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.
What's the accepted amount to tip a taxi driver in the U.S.?
10 percent of the fare
15 percent of the fare
20 percent of the fare
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.
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.
What is a duty-free shop?
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 brand-name retail store found in many airports
Who sets the exchange rate between currencies?
the International Monetary Fund
Private money markets control the exchange rate.
Governments' central banks work to establish the exchange rate, though it's not entirely within their control.
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.
Will your regular auto insurance cover you in another country?
Maybe. Check with your insurer to see if it covers foreign driving.
Yes, as long as the country you're visiting requires drivers to drive on the same side of the road as in your home country.
No. Insurers are barred from offering international coverage .
What can you do to protect yourself against a false arrest overseas?
Contact your country's local embassy upon arrival.
Purchase travel insurance with a legal aid rider.
The CIA offers travel aid through its travel advisory service.
What features should you look for when choosing auto insurance for overseas driving?
Overseas driving policies tend to be the same from one insurer to the next.
Look for a policy that mirrors the coverage you have in your regular auto policy.
Since the coverage is only for the length of the trip, odds are you can go with a very minimal level of protection.
How much does security screening add to a typical airline ticket price?
$5 to $10 per ticket
Federal governments subsidize the total cost of security at airports.
$50 per ticket
When does the rainy season start in equatorial regions?
November to April
October to March
May to October
Where should you go if your passport is stolen while you're abroad?
the host nation's visitor's bureau
your home nation's local embassy
the host city's travel and tourism offices
What fees might you pay when bringing items home from overseas?
You'll only pay fees on goods you bought in duty-free shops.
You'll pay any fees when going though customs before your departure.
Your home country may chage taxes and duties on the goods you bring into the country from abroad.
Where can you purchase travel insurance?
from your local insurance agent
from your travel agent
from either of the above
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.
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.
What information does the CIA provide to American travelers?
information on disease outbreaks
iInformation on national stability, crime and risks to travelers
The CIA's information is classified, and not available to civilian travelers.
How can a sick traveler get home from overseas?
Most airlines will fly sick passengers home for free.
Insurance is available to cover evacuation in medical emergencies.
Most hotels will allow travelers to stay an extra day if they are too sick to go home.