On my last trip this summer I used my credit cards but was shocked when I got home, looked at my statements and saw a $15 USD 'Foreign Transaction Fee' attached to each purchase, regardless of the purchase price. Is this normal? What do other people see in their countries?
Yup it is normal to get charged a foreign transaction fee, although I get charged a percentage of the amount spent for credit card use and a set rate (ATM charge) for a cash withdrawal from normal bank account. Check with your bank for exact fees. Online banking helps keep track of transactions as you travel.
I'm not sure if there is an international credit card available yet with no FTFs...but there should be! about 10 years ago
Here in Australia you can get visa travel credit cards - they don't seem to have such fees but then again when I travel on my Australian credit card I don't normally get fees like you mentioned. Perhaps they are available where you are? I know my dad is currently traveling around on the card found via the link below
Hope this helps!
http://www.anz.com/aus/promo/Dont-Get-Robbed-Overseas/default.asp?&s_kwcid=TC%7C20401%7Ctravel%20credit%20card%7C%7CS%7C%7C5049483268 about 10 years ago