Currency converters for your smartphone

Back in the old days, I used to carry around my phone with a calculator feature to allow me to figure out how cheap the pair of Nikes were. These days, you could still do the same but why not use a currency converter via the web or a smartphone. The advantages are near real-time updates on currency fluctuations and around 180 currencies to choose from.

I have been using XE Currency Converter for ages via the webpage and like all other companies worth their salt, they have an app as well. I tried a few apps from the iTunes Store, read some reviews and the XE one came out tops. Better still, it’s free! Continue reading

Travel money and plastic

I’ve spent ages looking into this topic simply because I despise the cost of travel money. At the airport is more expensive and most times, it’s cheaper to order currency before you leave, etc. OK, so everyone knows that but what about credit cards, ATMs, cash advances, fees, foreign transaction fees, conversion rates? Basically getting stung with a bill for extra fees at the end of the month.

So, you do your research and find what you think is the best deal and I not here to sway your findings or opinions. However, I want to share what was important to me, hopefully you can draw you own conclusions and do further research if necessary.

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