Avoid Teller Fees Through the Global ATM Alliance

Avoid Teller Fees Through the Global ATM Alliance

Cash is king. And the worst place to exchange your money is at the airport: foreign exchange desks are known to rip you off. In fact, it’s often much, much cheaper (and more efficient, to boot) to withdraw from an...
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Why It’s Always Better to Pay in the Local Currency

Why It’s Always Better to Pay in the Local Currency

And the answer to this one isn’t just so you don’t look like a tourist. Let’s assume you haven’t gotten ripped off by ATM or exchange commission fees, first. That said, it is almost always better to pay in the...
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Reader Q: What’s the Best Way To Get Foreign Cash?

Reader Q: What’s the Best Way To Get Foreign Cash?

There are so many options to get foreign cash that it can be confusing. Chris wants to know the best and cheapest way to exchange U.S. dollars. With much ado: I’m looking for the best way to get foreign cash...
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Read the Fine Print Before You Swipe Abroad

Read the Fine Print Before You Swipe Abroad

Nothing’s more certain than life, death and fees. Taxes you can escape if you have offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands. There’s also no quicker way for banks to take your card for a wild ride than when you’re out...
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The Pros and Cons of Playing the Credit Card Game

The Pros and Cons of Playing the Credit Card Game

I’ve been playing the travel game for a long time now, but for those who decide to do it by taking advantage of credit card sign-up bonuses, do so at your own risk. Credit cards, without a doubt, are the...
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Alert the Bank Before You Leave the Country

Alert the Bank Before You Leave the Country

Nothing brings a trip to a quicker halt than having no cash to pay… for anything. It may be low down on your to-do list but make sure you let your bank know your travel plans. Banks are lean and...
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What’s the Best Bank Account for Traveling?

What’s the Best Bank Account for Traveling?

If you need a bank account before you jump on the nearest space capsule, it’s worth taking a look Charles Schwab. And just ‘cause we like to pit banks against each other in a fight to the death, we choose...
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Chase’s Purchase Protection Replaces My $700 Phone

Chase’s Purchase Protection Replaces My $700 Phone

Travel credit cards get touted for their benefits all the time, but it’s all moot if they don’t stand up to scrutiny when push comes to shove. The Chase Sapphire Preferred, for instance, is one of those cards that’s ridiculously...
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Credit Cards: Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred the Best?

Credit Cards: Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred the Best?

If you follow any travel blog, you probably know that the Chase Sapphire Preferred gets peddled around the most like a cheap whore. Usually for good reason. If you travel, the benefits of signing up for the card are immense....
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The Best Credit and Debit Cards for Traveling

The Best Credit and Debit Cards for Traveling

I think the time when Ben Franklin’s old adage “a penny saved is a penny earned” rings truest is when I’m traveling abroad. ATM and foreign transaction fees just add up too fast. Generally, any money I save is money...
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