Subject: Re: The rising euro's effect on your travel plans
Carol, We just got back from a two week trip to London, Scotland and Paris in November and got killed by the exchange rate. We had been to Italy exactly a year before and felt like it was a bargain compared to this year. Of course hotel and food prices are generally higher in London anyway but the STRONG pound and euro made it even worse. It turned a $400 rental car in Scotland into a $500 rental car and some very nice dinners in London and Paris into something much more extravagant than we had planned.

Would we have skipped our trip because of it if we could have? NO WAY. We love Europe and would go back tomorrow if we could. I will say though that we are discussing Asia for next year (but we really want to go back to Italy) and to be honest, I don't think the situation with the euro or pound will truly make a difference although I would love to see the dollar make some gains before we go again.

Jim & Kathleen in Redmond, WA