Having just returned from Spain, I picked up a couple of new tip for travelers. I highly recommend you get your Euros before you go from your back in the US. It is so much easier to have them upon arrival than trying to find an open back or ATM. If you arrive on the weekends, then backs will be closed making it more challenging. Also, we found that many vendors and stores do not want to take 100 Euro bills suit is best to get bills of 20 euros rather than larger bills.
If you buy anything at one place for over 90E you are entitled to get your tax back at the airport. You MUST get a tax form from that store at the time of purchase as well as a receipt. In Spain and possibly other countries, you also need to get a customs stamp at the airport to be able to take it to the tax redemption counter for the money back. This line can get long so allow for plenty of time to do that on your departure.
Another great traveler tip is to ask the airline for a special meal. (I try to avoid eating airplane food all together) but if you do want or need to eat, making a request for a vegetarian, kosher, gluten free… or anything special can reduce your chances of getting bumped from an international flight! They most likely will not have that special meal on another flight so it can help your chances i the flight is oversold.
I will be updating new tips for travelers to other countries form time to time so check back often for more great traveling ideas, tips and suggestions. Also, if you discover a great one- let me know!0