The Outrageous Travel Fees You Can Totally Avoid

3. Credit card foreign transaction fees

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Before you travel abroad, check the terms of the credit and debit cards you plan to use. Many cards hit you with a 2% or 3% fee for any transactions made outside the U.S. in a foreign currency.

The fees may not sound like much, but they can add up quickly, especially on a longer trip.

To get around the unnecessary expense, apply for a new credit card that doesn't have foreign transaction charges. The cards are easy to find — for example, Capital One and Discover credit cards don't have these fees.