In addition to regular tourist-type purchases and daily lunch expenses ($8 – $12 per day), it is recommended that participants bring a 'slush fund' of about $15 – $25 per day for incidental spending (snacks, water, soda, maps, taxis, tourist guide books, etc.).
US Dollars and Credit Cards are fine. Participants may convert these funds into local currency at the airport (time permitting), at the hotels or at nearby banks. In Italy and Israel, ATM machines exist but are rare. At times they are difficult to locate, are not readily available during the program, and distribute only national currency.
It is recommended that participants not depend on ATM machines for their financial needs.