Subject: Credit cards

Interesting question! I prefer B &B's or hostels for the camraderie and price, & for hostels, cooking facilities. In the past few years, I've been amazed at how many hostels & B&B's do accept credit cards.

For the cash outlay, in most corners of the world ATM's have worked perfectly; the only exception was in the Hebrides this spring when the Bank of Scotland machines wouldn't accept my card. It was a Sunday on Uist, where the sabbath is a day of no commerce but the next day in the bank I was able to obtain cash with my ATM card. Italy, Ecuador, Australia, Chile, Spain, Jordan, UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Belize, Guatemala: all no problems with cash from an ATM for accommodations not accepting credit cards.

Gail Eugene OR