While booking travel in the EU recently, I chose the credit card option. I had to screenshot the fees I would have incurred. $24.99 for using a credit card, OR I could use a debit card (for automatic draw from bank) for free. That’s what I call discouragement.
Adjusting to a cash & pin society in the Netherlands has not been too difficult. It was a shock at first to enter stores, big stores selling loads of products, that refused to accept credit cards. The practice is wide spread here although you may not notice if you stay close to tourist areas in the summer.
Don’t be surprised though if stores, restaurants or other vendors refuse to touch your credit card in Holland.
Kristin King is an author and co-founder of Future Hope Africa, an education and entrepreneur training center in DR Congo. She encourages you to visit Future Hope Africa on the web.