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User currently offlineTrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 561 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 949 times:

It seems that exchaning currency varies greatly depending on where you arrive/depart. I've had fairly good exchange rates in Scandinavia, Japan and in other parts of Asia. But Australia is NOT a place to change money at the airport. You'd better do that downtown for a much better rate.

Where is a good place, from your travels, to exchange travellers' checks/cash? Alternatively, where should we not exchange our currency?

Thanks!

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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Better to avoid airports, usually more expensive to exchange there. Personally I use credit card as much as possible, also get my cash from ATM using my MC/Visa. It's the easy way, not necessarily cheapest though.
And in Europe I avoid non-Eurocurrency countries, to avoid exhange problems  Big grin


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 923 times:

Take your VISA and use an ATM. You will find them everywhere (except in the case of Cuba where there is 1 ATM in the country  Wink)

Alex


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 919 times:

I also avoid the airport and tend to use ATMs. If there is a branch of your bank at your home airport you might be able to change money and get a better rate or reduced charges (for instance in my case Credit Suisse at ZRH waive the CHF5 charge as I bank with them)

User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5680 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 913 times:

Like the above posters say, airports are by far the WORST places to change money. They have you by the short and curlies. The best way to avoid charges is to use your Visa card.

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 904 times:

Nothing beats landing in some remote location only to find a Citibank.  Big grin

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