Currency Exchange: What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever paid a friend for your share of pizza with Venmo or used your Apple Watch at the grocery store, you know cash is becoming less important than it used to be. This is true when traveling abroad as well. You can pay via credit card in most places, including restaurants, major attractions, and airports. So is currency exchange even necessary? Yes! It’s still important to have local currency on hand when traveling because smaller establishments, street food stalls (mmm street food), and market vendors likely won’t take credit cards. In this article, I list the ways you can get foreign currency and share which one I think is best.

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Our Favorite Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Having worked in finance and sales for seven years, I have no problem talking about money, but I’ve found that generally, people (like Ellie) get anxious when the topic comes up. When we started telling people we were quitting our jobs to travel the world, however, a lot of people were not so shy. One of the biggest questions we got was how we were paying for this grand adventure. Everyone wanted to know what our secret was. But it’s not a secret! We’re just two Value Travelers rocking the travel rewards credit card game, and you can be too.

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13 Benefits of Slow Travel

A big part of Value Travel for us is taking things slow. Our motto this year is “We’ve got time.” When we were working our traditional jobs, we never felt like we had enough time. By the time we finished doing the things we had to do, we were out of time and energy to do the things we wanted to do. 

We didn’t want to fall into the same pattern during our travels. In the past, the worst part of traveling was returning home more exhausted than when we left. We started exploring ideas for getting the most out of our time and discovered Slow Travel. 

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How We Booked a Flight to Argentina for Less Than You Spend at Starbucks

I recently paid $8.71 for a grande vanilla latte with almond milk and a piece of pumpkin loaf at Starbucks. That’s $3.11 more than I paid for my flight to Argentina. “What?!” Yeah, you read that right! I paid $5.60 to fly from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, a flight that would have otherwise cost about $1,500. Talk about Value Travel! I know what you’re thinking: “Rik, I hear what you’re saying, but it just can’t be right. Tell me how you did it! I have to know.” Okay, just relax. I’ll feed you, baby bird.

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Redefining the American Dream

At 30, we weren’t overly impressed with the American Dream. We were living in Southern California making six figures between the two of us. Plenty to keep us (and the cat) happy, right? We could walk to the beach from our apartment or drive to LA or Disneyland whenever we wanted. We had the means to eat out, buy the latest Smart gadgets, and take weekend trips to Vegas. But something was missing.

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