Money matters

How to best carry and access your travel funds

A hotel in Milan not only accepts crdit cards, but will even process the payment in U.S. dollars.
Plastic and ATMs reign around much of the world now—this hotel in Milan, Italy, not only accepts credit cards, but will even process the payment in U.S. dollars (note: don't bother; the rate isn't as good).

From fast cash from the ATM to using credit cards on teh road, beating the exchange rate game and what those old dinosaurs traveler's checks are still good for. That's what this section is all about.

Money makes the world go round—and will make your travels go smoothly, no matter in what form you carry it.. and here are the best methods, starting with the cheapest and easiest:

As much as this site is devoted to ways to travel to on the cheap, you gotta spend money at some point (though there is quite a lot of sightseeing you can do for free; see Europe for Free).

Here's how to get money during your travels, strategies for getting the best deals on exchange rates, how to avoid scams and rip-offs, and ways to save money every step of the way on your vacation.

There's also a page on how to find a credit union, local bank, or other finanacial institution that will not charge you an arm and a leg in foreign trasnaction fees (and, as a bonus, will provide better, cheaper banking in your daily life back home as well).

This section will also cross over with the shopping section by giving you the skinny on getting VAT taxes refunded, dealing with U.S. Customs regulations, and figuring out when duty free shops are a good deal (not to mention everybody's favorite page in this section: how to haggle).

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in August 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.


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