Exchanging Money

You'll need to exchange money, dollars for francs, yen, won, pesos, lira, whatever. Even if we know we'll do most things with our credit card, or prepay hotels and such, we always have some cash in the host currency, enough to get us from the airport to where we are staying plus a little more for dinner to get around weird banking hours, flight delays, closed exchange booths, unknown rules and the usual million things that can go wrong.

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Most international airports have exchange banks open as long as there are incoming flights, but having some usable cash in your pocket is still a happy feeling.

Keep the Change

Almost every exchange place we have ever visited refuses to accept handfuls of coins for exchanging back into dollars. If you are not careful with your change, at the end of the trip you can end up with way too much money in the forms of coinage. A few spare bits of change might be a nice way to remember your trip, but a whole pocket full?

If you keep the coins in a film canister, you have a better chance of knowing how many coins you have accumulated. Since the canister makes it easier to carry the money around, theoretically the money is less likely to be left to grow overnight in your room.

If all else fails, many airports have a charity donation box where your excess coins are welcome. At one time some airlines collected the unneeded coins aboard the plane for later donation to a charity. I haven't seen this done for a few years however.

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