Cards can be the cheapest way to pay for things and withdraw money from cash machines abroad, but only if you use the right one.
Using your usual credit or debit card might result in expensive overseas fees, so you could save a lot by getting a special ‘travel-friendly’ credit, debit or prepaid card before you go.
Is it better to exchange money or use credit card?
The best place to exchange currency is an ATM, which will typically offer better rates and lower fees (depending on your bank and destination). (And, of course, never use a credit card to withdraw from an ATM—it’ll cost you a lot in banking fees/interest.)
Is it cheaper to use cash or card abroad?
Local cash is normally the easiest way to pay abroad. However, you’ll need to shop around for a good exchange rate. Unless they’re designed for travellers, credit cards and debit cards are usually expensive to use abroad. Prepaid cards are usually safer and cheaper than traditional credit and debit cards.
Do you get charged for using credit card abroad?
Credit cards attract a number of fees when you use them abroad. Typically, you’ll be charged the following fees: A foreign transaction fee. A withdrawal fee if you use your credit card at an ATM.
How do I get the best exchange rate?
If you like to plan ahead and want to exchange currency in the U.S., your bank or credit union will be your best bet. They have access to the best exchange rates and usually charge fewer fees than exchange bureaus. Most big banks sell foreign currency to customers in person at a local branch.
How much cash can you fly with?
Although there’s technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on a plane, if you’re traveling internationally you must declare amounts of more than $10,000 on your customs form, fill out form FinCEN 105, and be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you’re