Need to convert cash while on the go? Many international ATMs take Visa or MC (France, Italy, Australia, etc.) so you can get cash no problem. They may charge you for the conversion, of course, but its competitive to bank exchange charges.
Make sure you call your CC co. before you leave to inform them so they don’t put a STOP PAYMENT on your card (may companies do this for your protection).
Also- if your going to try memorizing the local language…make sure you know the words for “help” or police” or “Speak English.”