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I live in Mexico and have traveled throughout the country. Most touristic places will accept VISA/MasterCard, American Express is not widely accepted. I suggest getting the cash you need at any ATM, there are plenty of them on urban areas. The main banks you´ll find ATMs are from: Banamex (www.banamex.com) BBVA Bancomer (www.bancomer.com) Banorte ...


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HSBC, then Credit Cards, then Banks There's over 10% difference between the best (HSBC) and the worst (Travelex), so doing your homework can earn you several more cervezas! This was a relatively small sample size, so if you want to be absolutely sure, call your own banks and credit cards. Best: Credit Cards A) Credit Card Payments Each of the following ...


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The best in Prague is exchange.cz for exchange rates hands down. However, top tip: If you need to quickly break a 10,20 euro note, any Tesco or Billa or lidl supermarket takes euros, usually at exactly the bank rate. Buy a can of coke, mars bar, etc and pay with your 10 or 20 euros- you will get back the rest in change, CZK, at the current exchange rate, ...


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My American debit card has been inserted into ATMs in at least twelve European countries. It has zero surcharge (one reason I choose it, I use a different card inside the USA). I generally travel with about $200 US for an emergency if an ATM can't be found. Then I withdraw the equivalent of $200–$300 in local currency. The only place I have had trouble ...


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I recently did a trip to the Netherlands (for the first time) to a professional conference and I faced the same dilemma. How much cash to carry? Here is what I found out: I initially thought that I would be hit by a lot of high rate fees on both my debit and credit cards. Then I thought, what if I am stuck somewhere that doesn't accept my card? It turns ...


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He should carry about as much cash as he normally carries at home. And, with the outrageous 8% fee your bank charges for changing money, he should just get that cash from an ATM in the Netherlands (e.g., at the airport), unless you find that your bank charges an even more outrageous fee for using ATMs abroad.


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I haven't been to the NL that often yet, but credit cards should work in most places and even if not, debit cards do almost everywhere. However, I strongly suggest to always have around 50 to 100€ per person in cash on you; after all, you never know... Here in Switzerland the EFT system broke down for some hours recently. In such a case it's always good to ...


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I think you are overreacting to the credit card charges. A 1% transaction fee is small, most credit cards charge 3%. Also, most credit cards give a very fair currency exchange rate. Even if you spend $1000 on the credit card during your trip, that only amounts to an additional $10. Enjoy the trip, take only a small amount of cash, and use the credit card ...


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If I travel to a destination in Europe that is outside the UK (my home base), I take 100 Euro in cash. There's no need for more because ATM's are available. If I go outside the EEA, like to the US or Africa, I take 200 in Sterling and the equivalent of 100 dollars in local currency (like Canadian dollars for example). My rationale is that if more cash is ...


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'How much to carry' is very personal and individual. Some will buy lots of souvenirs, others will want to splash out on restaurants. Then there's cabs and the like as well. Consider looking into just withdrawing on your ATM card in Europe. Almost all countries there will support it, and depending on your bank fees, it may be a reasonably economical way of ...


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I do this also with USD when I travel. When you get to Europe don't convert the money immediately. Keep it in your bag/hotel safe unless you need it. Chances are you won't need it, so by not converting it immediately you save yourself possibly considerable cost converting to Euros and then converting the leftover back to AUD. If you do find yourself ...


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Withdrawing from a local ATM on arrival is the best method. If you really need cash before travelling you can compare rates between Travelex and the big banks. The vast majority of the time the best rate on this site will be through Travelex Online, paying by BPAY and picking up in store. The rate will be significantly better than the rate at the airport ...



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