|Subject: Euro conversion --was Re: Summer Travel - US or Abroad?|
As an aside for the topic of how expensive Europe is, if people are thinking they can't convert euro prices to U.S. dollars 1-1 any longer, consider this. As Evan says, there may be big sales taxes in Europe, but they are built into the quoted price, while in the U.S. the tax is added on. So if you see something with a price of 30 euros, it would cost you the same as a $30 item at home if your area has a 7-8% sales tax. Even if the euro gets higher, a 1-1 conversion may still be valid overall if a big part of your trip expense is hotels. Hotel taxes of 15-20% may be found in the U.S. (not to deny that European hotels may have hidden extras).