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Quiz: Do you know how to defeat sneaky travel costs?
by Staff
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.?

  • $2.40
  • $3.75
  • $1.00

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.