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More holiday help please?
14-06-2005, 12:12 PM
Post: #1
More holiday help please?

Money? I've just realised that we haven't thought about getting any Euros.

What's the best way to get a good exchange rate, bearing in mind that we've left it a bit late (going Thursday).

I know when we went to Ireland we got our Euros on the boat. Big rip off. Paid so much commission. Then we found we could just draw out Euros with our debit cards once we got there!

So .... Spain? should we get some Euros or shall we wait til we get there and pay for the hire car with debit card and just draw some cash when we are settled?

If you think we should have some in hand, can we just get them over the counter at the travel agents or should we have ordered in advance?

If we get them at the airport - will we get ripped off with commission?

Sorry to be so niaive - but I know there are a lot of seasoned travellers out there who will know all the answers. Thanks, bless you.
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14-06-2005, 12:16 PM
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Try the Post Office Crit. They don't charge commission (although that might be reflected in their rates). Also I think M&S do the same.
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14-06-2005, 12:18 PM
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Oooh yes, Post Office - forgot about them. Thanks Max :thumbsup:
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14-06-2005, 12:20 PM
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Debit card and cash point but you get charged per (bit like the ATM's in shops here) withdrawl so get bigger sums rather than lots of little sums.

Never bother with taking foriegn currency to anywher.... However I always have about E50 in my wallet anyway and about 200Kn swedish at home
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14-06-2005, 01:03 PM
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I got a Nationwide account for my holiday spending as they don't charge to withdraw cash from ATM's - they also seem to give a good rate (last time I was away I got 143, while the banks were giving 138). OVer the year it works out to quote a saving.

Probably too late for this teip, but it's well worth it for anyone who travels abroad more than once or twice a year.
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14-06-2005, 01:11 PM
Post: #6
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We use Travelex on line, easy peasey, just order it and then pick it up at the airport on your way.....
Not sure what the exchange rate is like, but it can;t be too bad or Mr B wouldn't do it..
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14-06-2005, 01:49 PM
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I use the post office too, but then I don't travel abroad very often so I don't know if it is a good deal or not!
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14-06-2005, 02:01 PM
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Minklemar Wrote:I got a Nationwide account for my holiday spending as they don't charge to withdraw cash from ATM's - they also seem to give a good rate (last time I was away I got 143, while the banks were giving 138). OVer the year it works out to quote a saving.

Probably too late for this teip, but it's well worth it for anyone who travels abroad more than once or twice a year.

We bank with Nationwide anyway so that's a bonus.

Thanks for all the good tips everyone. I don't know what I would have done without all your help with the packing and money.

Love y'all xxx Crit
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14-06-2005, 02:16 PM
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Critique Wrote:We bank with Nationwide anyway so that's a bonus.

In that case I'm pretty sure your best bet is to use your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM. Any travel you pay with in country with your NW credit card is also insured.

I watch a travel programme a while ago asbout how to get the best out of your holiday money and the best way by far was to use NW debit cards for withdrawing cash and NW credit cards for larger purchased.

Hope you have a great time!
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14-06-2005, 03:29 PM
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I very vaguely remember all this hassle about exchange rates and commission charges while travelling in Europe...... :devil:




[te runs, dropping some irish euro behind her.........

bam bam
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