Whether hiking Kilimanjaro or trekking to Everest Base Camp, ensure that you use your money wisely when traveling abroad. World Wide Trekking Experts prepared these 9 suggestions to help you on all your adventures.

  • 1. Bring new bills:
    • We recommend only bringing new bills. Leave any bills older than ten years and ones in poor condition including rips, tears, or other damage at home. Oftentimes, exchanging these old, worn-out bills proves challenging and even impossible.
  • 2. Keep cash separate:
    • Do not store your money with your passport. You may have to show your passport when you do not want your money displayed. We suggest using money belts for this reason.
  • 3. Carry pocket change:
    • Keep a small amount of change in your pocket. Small bills make tipping much easier. Furthermore, larger bills leave more room for error when receiving change.
  • 4. Count your change:
    • Speaking of change, many people who forget to, do not want to, or incorrectly count their change get shorted regularly when they travel.
  • 5. Request small bills:
    • When you exchange money, be sure to ask for small bills. Purchasing anything with large bills proves to be challenging as local people oftentimes do not have enough change.
  • 6. Prepare a cheat sheet:
    • Make an exchange rate cheat sheet. This simple hack provides an effective way for you to know how much you are spending while helping you bargain. A small calculator can be handy as well.
  • 7. Photocopy your passport and credit cards:
    • Scan the front and back of your credit cards and passport. Remember to store them in a secure, separate place. If either are lost or stolen, you will have all of the information necessary to quickly call and report it.
  • 8. Utilize lock boxes:
    • Use the lock boxes in your room while only carrying a small amount of money outside the hotel. The lock boxes provide a safe place for cash, passports, photocopies, and any other valuables.
  • 9. Know the fees:
    • If you use a credit card, inquire about the fees associated with overseas charges before your trip. Some companies charge as much as 10% to run a card from overseas.

 

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