Currency Conversion on Your Next Family Vacation

Traveling to a foreign destination brings on the additional problem of currency conversion. It’s always safest, and more economical, to be well aware of the conversion rate before you embark on your trip. You may want to arrange with your bank for a small amount of the foreign currency in question before you leave, as you may need some local money for small contingencies, such as tips or cab fare.  Additionally, be aware that United States currency may be accepted at certain locations, usually those bordering the U. S. with a large tourist trade. This can apply in Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. But be aware that a currency conversion fee may be built into the price.

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You may think that the convenience of using those currency conversion locations all over foreign airports and tourist centers are a good choice, but perhaps you should take a closer look.  These businesses often charge a fee of up to ten percent, or even more, to convert your currency to the local one. This can add up quickly. If you feel you have to have cash in hand, a trip to a local bank is a far more logical choice, with their much lower charges. And, consider that you may not need this cash in hand to begin with. Don’t be afraid to use your credit card. If your card is one with chip in it, you’re all set to go.  If it doesn’t have a chip, you may want to call your credit card provider in advance to alert them that you will be traveling to a foreign destination. This will prevent any difficulties with your charges being processed while abroad.

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Here’s another important tip – when using your credit card, some businesses will allow you to process the charge in either your home currency or the local currency. Always choose the local currency. Indicating that you wish to be charged in your home currency could add a currency exchange fee to your bill. And keep on top of the exchange rate in order to prevent sticker shock when you get your credit card bill upon returning home.


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