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Re: Canadian Credit cards to travel with
bingo to what other guys have said...I had varyong levels of success and my atm trips where as infrequent as I could possibly make them
I would go to the same ATM if I was in a place for more than a month...cause I also had the mosfortune of getting the card canceled for security reasons once and had to call and wait for a new one...
that was bad
atms have all sorts of weird fees, max withdrawal amounts, curremcy exchange fees, withdraw after hours fees I mean around the world its endless
I became quote good at seeking out the better atms and better banks that were at the least consistent in their fees...but ever country has a different or slightly different rules with your bank back in canada
sometomes I would learn that I got charged $20 at my end at wells fargo in california for taing money out of a weird atm in yemen or something plus the fee at the atm, currecy exchange etc...at the atm side
so my advice is always to take out a max amount and use that cash till you run out...
low denominations, and spread around the boat in watertight bags so that if you ever do get a thief the stash they can take at one time will be less than if you have a big pot of gold waiting for them...
dont know about canada banks though...sorry
regarding us dolars yes...
low denominations, 1s and 5s will work ANYWHERE
euros too...but not as prolific
local currency is great for bus rides, entrances, buying stuff on the markets and streets but out there cruising a dolar can be used anywhere
a funny story regarding this...when I remet my friends in thailand to start the last leg of their circumnav they specifically asked me to go to my bank back in the US, and get $500 in dolar and 5 dolar bills...
and I forgot! they were so pissed, and so dissapointed in me that it really took a while for them to forgive me...
THE REASON was they wanted to avoid all the damn fees, and currency exhchange rates of and converting big bills into little ones, bank fees, etc...
a dolar is great, 5 dolars for bigger stuff etc...
it even happens down here fling a 20 to buy a dolars worth of veggies or whatever and youll get stared down or something like you have to wait till I make change, never mind a 50 dolar bil or 100
they are not even accepted in places like gas stations and such, but that has more to do with money laundering and fake bills so they avoid them like the plague
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