Regarding charging credit cards in ‘your local currency’ I couldn’t agree more Tim2sms! It especially annoys me when I have not been given the option and my card has been charged in GBP. I have had this happen in Spain and recently in Tasmania and when I challenged the retailers I was told that they weren’t given the option, which is total codswallop.
It has also happened to me when I have made internet overseas hotel bookings where the deal is ‘prepay, no refund’ and my card has been charged in GBP.
Dynamic Currency Conversion they call it and it should be banned!