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Combination is best
My grandparents, whenever they take me abroad (they're experienced globetrotters), use a combination:
Cash Reasons: especially when buying off small businesses, even if they do have for Credit Cards, it's best to pay in cash because the network for the CC may not be as secure as big business places plus you'd be helping them because the CC network is costly.
Credit Card Reasons: When making big purchases a CC is best. You do not want to run out of cash, it's always best to have some pocket money for emergency like if you're in an area you don't feel very safe so you just hop on to a taxi and pay him.
Hope this helps!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 6:11 AM
Ditto the combination. It's less expensive to exchange currency overseas, so I wouldn't get Euros in the US. Make sure you ask if what the fees are before you exchange your US dollars. There usually are ATM machines, and we've used them with great ease. As mentioned before, we also use CC for hotels and large purchases. Make sure you write your ATM and CC numbers with the 1-800 number on another slip of paper and keep it in your suitcase. It's best to keep your Passport in a separate pouch on your person at all times. I generally keep my CC and ATM card in my passport pouch. I only carry about $100 cash in a small purse along with other items. Bon Voyage
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 12:56 PM
smaller airports in other countries
have some money of local countries you are traveling thru on your way there and back. I cannot tell you how many times I've changed out all my money before going through security check/customs only to have my connecting flight delayed, and airport restaurants only accept local currency. don't make my mistakes. especially if traveling with children.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 2:09 PM
You will probably want to exchange about $50 worth at the airport so you have traveling money. Then you can get more money each morning at a bank in the country you're in. You can also just use the ATM every morning, but there are added fees usually associated with the ATMs. They sell money pouches/belts. Usually people wear their passport in a pouch around their neck. You can buy money belt to wear under your slacks around your waist. You can put your valuables in the money belt, and just carry what you need for the day (and are willing to lose) in your purse.
Thursday, February 07, 2013, 7:24 AM
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