When Blogger Hubby take a trip, we usually order some foreign currency for us to take at a local bank. I had an experience where I relied solely on the ATM at the airport and had a problem. Lesson learned – for us, always travel with some local currency.
That has served us well until now. With a trip planned to several countries in South America, I was attempting to obtain some Argentinian pesos. My bank, through their third party foreign currency vendor, was unable to get any currency. The peso from Argentina is very volatile and no one wants to be “stuck” with them.
Normally I wouldn’t be worried but on this trip I am getting off the cruise ship in a port and getting on a small boat for a harbor tour. The small boat requires Argentinian money in cash for port charges. This stop is the first port in Argentina so I don’t have an opportunity to go to an ATM machine prior to this stop.
Fortunately for me, another passenger who is a Canadian resident that I have met through our Cruise Critic Roll Call, was able to get me some money at a currency exchange in Canada. That will ease my mind. I think it is going to feel strange to walk around with several $10,000 AR in my wallet – too bad it wasn’t US dollars. As we travel through Argentina we need to be aware of how much money we get as we don’t want to come home or “be stuck” with any of their currency. We found that many of the tours that I have booked prefer to be paid in US currency and they want it to be clean, no rips, bends or fold in higher denomination. Once again, I called the bank and they began holding some currency for me that met the tour operator’s requirements.
When you travel, do you wait till you get to your destination to get money from the ATM machine? Do you pre order it or do you get it from the airport? What do you do? What’s in your wallet?