Travelling overseas is an incredible experience, but it does make you realise how many social cues and customs that are at play in Australia do not exist overseas.
In fact, they're usually replaced by a whole new suit of words, gestures and sayings....and preferred ways of payment!
We understand that knowing the best way to carry your spending money can be a local language in itself, so we’ve compiled the following guide for your travels to the USA, UK, South East Asia and New Zealand to ensure that, if nothing else, you can at least Speak the Local Lingo of your destination with your spending money.
Just like Miley, you’ve hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and your cardigan.
Despite being confused that ALL of the notes look the same, people are speaking English and you’ve heard that a Maccas small here is the same as a large in Oz so, really, you don’t have a care in the world.
Keep it that way, by trying out the following tips.
SUMMARY: Supersize everything, stick to the right and take a 60/40 split of cash and card. A.k.a – 60% of your money on a prepaid travel money card like the Travel Money Oz Currency Pass, with the rest being dollar dollar bills.
Whilst we have a lot in common with our British ancestors - like a love for fish and chips, a pint at the local and a thick layer of sarcasm in every conversation – they still have a local lingo that can leave most Aussies scratching their head.
SUMMARY: Be polite, use your currency pass on the tube and don’t assume everyone is from London. Carrying 70% of your currency on a prepaid travel money card and the rest as cash is the best way of dividing your funds.
The wonder that is South East Asia leaves many Aussies in a state of awe and confusion. The combination of new language, at least 50 unidentified smells and a colourfully, buzzing landscape can leave your head spinning.
SUMMARY: Be respectful and aware of the rich cultures at play, have plenty of cash to splash on weird and wonderful market delicacies (tarantula anyone?!) and educate yourself on what currency can be used. We recommend a 60/40 split, with 60% of your currency in cash form with a few different denominations. Safeguard the rest of your spending money on a Currency Pass.
Despite what both countries might otherwise say, Aussies and Kiwis have a lot in common when it comes to how they transact in day to day life.
Summary: Sheep out the wazoo, keep your drinks in a chilly bin and relax. Treat your money the same way you would here at home, and take a mix of cash for smaller purchases and a Currency Pass for everything else.
Still confused on how to best manage your foreign currency when overseas? Or perhaps your destination wasn’t covered here?
Don’t stress, the experts at Travel Money Oz have you covered with all the tips you need. So pop in store before you go, and let us translate your AUD into the local lingo.
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