Currency Exchange | Take Advantage When Travel
|September 22, 2012||Filled under Latest Posts||
Currency Exchange during travel
Thinking of going on a holiday abroad? It is wise to plan everything in advance, starting from the places of visit, travel tickets, hotel stays, purchases, exchanges, etc. If you are going through a travel agency that manages your travel and hotel expenses, half of your planning burden is gone. But if you are planning everything by yourself, you need to be careful as you may spend more than is required.
First of all you need to know if you will be using the same currency which you are using in your country. Otherwise, you have to get the currency exchange done for your money to suit the country’s currency you visit.
Rates vary depending on the country
If your home currency is British pound, US dollar, or euro, it is better to wait for currency exchange till you reach your destination, especially if the your destination is a developing country like Asia or North America. It is because you can get the best currency exchange rates with less commission charges.
But if you are visiting a developed country in Europe or Australia the exchange rates for your currency will be quite lower and in such cases it is wiser to get the currency exchanged in your home country. Your bank is the best place in your home country to get the currency exchange done as they can offer good exchange rates.
Inform your bank
It is advantageous if you inform your bank about your tour as they can keep your account safe from unauthorized transactions. You can even keep a record of your transactions in the form of sms or the receipts you receive for the transactions you make. They can help you keep track of your transactions and if there are any excessive charges or suspicious transactions, you can immediately inform your banker to take precautionary measure.
Online research matters
You can do some research on the currency exchange rates and check for buy and sell rates, as based on these you will be paying to get the exchange done. There are many tools to estimate the exchange rates; these you can get by searching on Google. Based on this you can compare the rates at available exchange bureaus to settle for the best one.
Be aware of these things
Do remember that the exchange rates vary daily and it is very important to know the rates offered for the day. If you prefer, you can even get the currency ordered through mail, but there will be additional charges at times. Other options include visiting the foreign bank, ATMs, and hotels which offer foreign exchange. But you have to be careful with the airports and hotels as you may be paying more, and with ATMs not to reveal your pin of money to anyone.
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Very helpful information. Thanks for sharing.