Part of the travelling experience is spending money in different currencies and taking full advantage of the exchange rates. The Australian dollar will go further in some countries than others so it's important to be aware of the exchange rate and what things normally cost in your destination.
In the lead up to your trip, decide how much cash you plan on taking with you and keep an eye on the exchange rates in order to get the best rate and understanding. Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks, hotels and various outlets at your destination. While you can usually exchange money when you reach your destination, it's generally advisable to have some local currency with you prior to arriving at your destination, particularly if you arrive late at night to cover off any incidentals you may require.
Money Card options
If you'd prefer not to carry a lot of cash, a travel money card offers a safer option. These cards allow you to load and withdraw foreign currency and can also be used as eftpos. Foreign currency and travel money cards can be pre-purchased from Travel Money OZ with no fees or commissions. Generally the rates at the airports are slightly higher so we recommend ordering before your departure.
Alternatively, most modern ATM cards and credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard can be used to withdraw cash from thousands of automated machines around the world. Before leaving though, always tell your bank that you will be travelling so that their fraud department doesn't lodge a case unnecessarily and block the use of your card.
Airport arrival and departure tax is a common aspect of today's travel. Most arrival taxes are included with your airline ticket. However some departure taxes are not. So it is best to be aware if you need local currency before leaving the unrestricted airport areas and always carry a small amount of local currency with you.
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