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Member since Sep 2007 · 131 posts · Location: Canberra
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Subject: Travel and money
Okay, I'm going on a trip in January to America and Canada for three weeks or so.
My problem is the best way to handle money while away? It's something I haven't really done much, and my parents haven't travelled for a while so don't really know what's best now.
Anybody know the best method? I'm guessing travellers checks or something....?
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Check with your bank about using your ATM card overseas.  This is the easiest way, and typically doesn't incur overly-annoying charges.  The next best way might be a visa card - you can get cash advances easily when overseas, and then - with most cards - you simply pay it back within a month (internet transfer/payment FTW) and you don't pay any interest.
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Member since Oct 2007 · 10 posts · Location: Hobart, Tasmania
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When I went away to china, I got a visa debit card. It's like a credit card, but you put money on the account 1st, then withdraw. Since visa was accepted in China and Tibet, I'm pretty sure it will be fine in America/Canada.
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Cheers guys! I'll look into it :D:D
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It's always good to have a few options though.

When we went to Malaysia/Thailand...and China...we took travellers cheques, visa debit cards and cash.

That way you always have a backup.

I think america and canada would be resonably safe in terms of carrying your money around but it is always a good idea to have a hidden money belt while travelling (from hotel to hotel, flying etc). Put your passport and the majority of cash etc in here.
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