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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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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