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The United States Dollar is still being used, but it doesn't hold the prestige it once did. There was a time when you could purchase goods at a great discount if you paid with hundred dollar bills. However, nowadays, merchants will increase their base price and round up figures to give you can even dollar amount. Merchants do not want $5 dollar or $10 bills. Whatever you pay will be rounded to the next $20.
So pay with local currency -- or pay with Euros.
Counterpoint: Bring American dollar bills - International travel tip
Even though India, for example, exports many of the clothes we purchase in developed countries, those clothes are not available for sale domestically.
High-quality, everyday items provided to your host family or helpers or service workers will ensure you get a personal touch, and they mean as much or more than a generous tip.
Foods to avoid include chilled sauces and desserts. It's actually a pretty easy tip to follow because most food is made hot and fresh. However, chilled foods are a problem because bacteria is permitted to develop and the food may be several days old.
A row of 4 seats is long enough to lay across and is just as comfortable as a flat first-class bed. You also get to carry four times the luggage (while saving as much as 50% off the price of a first-class seat), and you can also order four different meals. Finally, as an added bonus, you earn four times the frequent flier miles.
The only downside is that you're still in coach class.