When you’re in a foreign country, dealing with a different currency makes it tricky to quickly tell how much something costs. By remembering the price of everyday staples, you can easily check the relative expense of other items.
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Some people have no problem making mental currency conversions, but sometimes it can still be difficult to determine if a particular item is expensive. A list of travel tips on Buzzfeed suggests using the price of bread, beer and milk as a barometer. Fix the cost of these items in your head and you can then calculate how many beers a meal costs, or how many loaves of bread your boat trip will set you back.
While this is a handy way to see whether a particular items is expensive compared to the prices back at home, there’s something you need to keep in mind:
Use your discretion – milk tends to be expensive in countries where it isn’t part of the local diet, and beer is going to be expensive in countries with ultra-strict licensing laws.
Click the link below to see the full list of tips, including the friend-winning advice to keep an extension lead available at the airport.