Do's and don't about foreign exchange


It's that time of year time! You've booked your plane ticket, stocked up on the sun-cream and managed the impossible task of squeezing your entire wardrobe into a suitcase. There's just one thing left to sort out before you head off and away from the hustle and Working out how to manage your money when at home is simple, but sorting out cash problems in a foreign country can be a hard work, even for seasoned travellers. This guide will tell you all you need to know in regards to Foreign Exchange!

Do Research!

It is easy to get so caught up in the excitement of planning a trip that we forget about what we'll need when we get there. It is crucial to research the local currency for the country you'll be visiting and check Foreign Exchange rates before you travel. Checking out sites like www.whichwaytopaywill help you locate the most up to date and competitive Foreign Exchange deals available and give you an estimate of how much or how little spending money you will need in order to plan better and avoid going over budget.

Being familiar with Foreign Exchange is also necessary during the planning phase of a trip as this knowledge of currencies can help you choose your destination by demonstrating how far your money will go in each country. For example, America is an extremely popular travel destination, but the exchange rate for most countries, especially those using Asian currencies, is not particularly great; in fact most currencies would actually loose money in the process of Foreign Exchange. However for those travelling from the U.K. or Europe will find the conversion a little more purse friendly. Its key to remember the more your home currency is worth in your foreign destination the cheaper your trip will be.

Don't automatically head for the bank!

Whether your at the airport or just walking down a high-street there are several Foreign Exchange specialists claiming they can offer you the best deal on all your Foreign Exchange needs. But are they telling the truth? The honest answer...not always! These Foreign exchange services although convenient, can cut into your bottom lines with transaction and commission fees. However it's wise to remember that they do also regularly advertise Foreign Exchange rates at a more competitive rate than some banks. It all depends on the currency you require, them amount you require and when, Foreign Exchange specialist can be particularly helpful if you are looking to exchange a large amount of fund, for instance over 5000 as they can offer fantastic and personalized advice, they can even normally arrange to have the money delivered to your home address; meaning on less thing to worry about.

If you're planning on acquiring your Foreign Exchange money prior to your departure, it's a wise idea to check with your bank to see if you can order the funds and have them delivered to a local branch, this service is usually free of charge. If you're pushed for time one increasingly used option is to wait until you arrive at your destination to exchange funds using an ATM. However, if this is your plan be sure to inform your bank of your travel plans as hey can sometimes terminate transactions if they believe them to fraudulent, a common mistake if they are unaware you are abroad. It is also a good idea find out if they charge international fees, have daily withdrawal limits and if they have sister banks in the country where you can bank fee free. Just remember the more the money is exchanged, the less valuable it becomes.

Don't bring any foreign currency home!

Commonly being cautious with your money is a good thing, but when it comes to Currency Exchange...not so much. Although the option is there to exchange the funds back into your home currency, in most cases using Foreign Exchange to do this will leave you out of pocket; as in most cases the money looses value in the conversion. The more currency is exchanged the less value it has, this coupled with commission and transaction fees can frequently mean you are better off spending you foreign cash rather than trying to bring it back with you; so go till you drop!

Do keep some of your own currency back!

It is suggestible not to exchange all of your spending money; mix it by exchanging some for local currency, keeping some of your own currency on hand and leaving some in your bank account. Why you ask? Thee are several reason for doing this, most importantly, you don't want your holiday to be spoiled if your cash is lost or stolen, dividing up your spending money will ensure your trip stays on track, should the worst happen. Secondly, some countries will give you better deals when shopping in your own currency, especially is this is pounds sterling or dollars since there it may go further than their local currency and therefore give a strong motivation to barter.


It is important to remember that Foreign Exchange defines any transaction that occurs in a currency other than the one used in your home country and that most of us will have several dealing with Foreign Exchange during our lifetimes; making it a topic worth taking an interest in. Wherever you are travelling it is always worth checking out all Foreign Exchange options before you purchase your foreign money, this will ensure you get the best deal, meaning your money can go further, helping you have the best holiday possible. Bon Voyage!


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