Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Cyprus cash
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Q.In three weeks myself and my family will be flying to Cyprus to stay in an all-inclusive hotel in Paphos. Could you please advise me on how many euros I ought to take? I'm thinking about emergencies such as medical bills etc, where they may not accept a debit or credit card.
A. Normally the reliable rule for holiday preparation is: work out how many clothes and how much cash you will need, then take half the clothes and twice the money. However, since you are staying in an all-inclusive, this does not apply - because if you find yourself running low then you can simply rely upon the all-inclusive to provide for your daily needs. And Paphos is such an attractive and interesting location that you don't really need any cash to enjoy it.
Given the recent financial turmoil in Cyprus, I can understand your concerns about paying with plastic in an emergency - but I can see no reason for fearing that an organisation such as a hospital would demand cash rather than accepting a credit card.
In any event, assuming that everyone has a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC - available free from www.nhs.uk/ehic), and adequate travel insurance, then you should not expect to pay out significantly for health care.
Thankfully, in the specific case of Cyprus, there is a "middle way" that should work: it is easy to change sterling to euros at excellent rates in Paphos (in town, not at the airport), so simply take as many pounds as you feel comfortable about carrying.
Click HERE to email Simon.
You can also tweet him your questions @SimonCalder
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...
Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...
£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...