To quote from the website Patty has given: If you are concerned you could get a RFID blocking wallet or bag. But the card could save me from having to carry large amounts of currency at a time. As a result I thought of cancelling that feature on my card, but I find it so convenient I've stuck with it. PAC safe have some good options.
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But the card could save me from having to carry large amounts of currency at a time. It seems like it would be safer to carry a cash credit card passport than a lot of cash. For the last few comments: I do not know anything more than what had been my experience in SE Asia. I did not make a lot of purchases in Cambodia or Vietnam. When I did, I used my credit card. Most of our meals and the hotel was included int the tour. We did give tips to the drivers and their assistants.
I did use American money for this. And they wanted the American dollar. It had more value than their local currency. I find Bokhara's comments inappropriate. We were in Bangkok for four days on our own. We used Bat for most of our time in Thailand because my friend had purchased them before leaving the states.
I had explained this previously. It seems like the Cash Passport card comes with fees to purchase, reload, withdraw and forex fees http: Send a private message to Patty.
Find More Posts by Patty. It seems from my research that they do not charge a service fee to sign up or reload the card if you do it online. There is a delivery charge to have it sent to your home vs picking it up at a Travelex shop. The shop for my area is at the airport. They give a better rate of exchange online than they do in the store. It seems you do the same thing with your credit card. I need more information how others use the cash passport vs.
I travel a reasonable amount internationally and am yet to find a pre-load card that was cheaper or less hassle. My solution is to draw a few days' cash each time. Btw Thai currency is Baht. Australia is not in south east Asia. It is in Australasia, part of the Oceania region. Jul 18th, , I may not have travel as much internationally as you have but I do know that SE Asia is not Australia. Every country or continent is different.
I went on this forum to learn what is acceptable in Australia and New Zealand. I appreciate your advice but can do without the sarcastic comments. Jul 21st, , I can tell you that we spent 5 weeks in Aus and NZ last year including being in some quite small places in NZ and we never ran out of money or failed to find a cash point when we needed one.
Why pay money to someone to use your own cash? BTW, apart from the disadvantages of the cards mentioned above, in the UK some of the companies offering these cards suddenly decided that if you had money left on them at the end of a trip and didn't use the card again within a few months, they would not give the money back at all or would only do so with a very hefty fee.
This caused a big row and i think that they had to back-track. Send a private message to annhig. Find More Posts by annhig. Jul 22nd, , I had talked to a banker at my bank. He had advised me to use the ATM and my credit card. I would not get a very good rate of exchange to take a small amount of local currency from the bank. As someone had already mentioned, he told me to take a large amount the first time to avoid several ATM fees.
There are several fees when using and not using them. I will probably get some local cash in Cairns at the airport or in town. Our hotel is supposed to be centrally located within their business district where there are a lot of shops and restaurants. I am sure there must be a local bank in the area.
I will keep enough funds in my checking account to cover all of my ATM transactions. Cathy - that sounds like a good plan. As I said, we had no problems finding ATMs but I can't help you with Cairns as we didn't stay there, just transited through the airport twice. Beware that Australia is expensive, and you might end up spending more than you are expecting. NZ was rather cheaper, which was a relief. But the main thing is that both countries are lovely and you should have a wonderful time.
Jul 23rd, , It's just a bit offensive to the locals, intended or not. Send a private message to Hez. Find More Posts by Hez. Jul 24th, , I have never implied that Australia and New Zealand were third world countries. I had asked about American dollars because there are places that accept them whereas others don't. Since people are traveling more internationally, there are some countries that prefer that you use their local currency and some that don't mind taking foreign currency and converting it.
Isn't that what we are basically doing when we use a debit card at an ATM machine? The have to convert the currency on the card to the local currency to give us the right amount. I am aware that Australia is very expensive for some of the excursions and restaurants that I may add in addition to the tour that I am on. But I budgeted for this trip. I have been wanting to do this for almost 30 years. It just gets more expensive each year that I wait. So figure its better to do now than later.
I am getting older and have some health issues. I want to do this before my health gets worse. And it used to be so much simpler to travel with traveler's checks. It's a shame that we can't use them because of fraud or counterfeiting. You may not post new threads. BB code is On. All times are GMT The time now is
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