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Curreny - what do you suggest?

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1. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

Allo,

In Egypt what currency is easiest to use in markets/stores?
Egyption pounds?us dollar?

In Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia should I just turn my travellers cheques into local currency or will some stores, hostels take euros?

Any advise on what you prefer to do in these situation?

thx-cara

2. Posted by yp (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I was wondering the same thing. I have a friend from europe who saids that travellers checks are not as popular as they once were, and that the best way to transfer money is by wiring through money transfer branches.

I don't wish to carry large sums of cash around, especially in Africa so my plan was to have my sister wire me money into the local currency at all the major cities that I visit.

Although for emergencies I plan to carry both travellers cheques and credit cards.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

US dollar traveller's cheques are still your best bet . . .

4. Posted by yoyola (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I went to Egypt about two years ago and found that having both the local currency and some Euros (I am sure USD$ would be useful as well) was the easiest way to pay for things. For small purchases like mineral water, taxis fares, etc they wouldn't accept any foreign currency and if they did, the exchange rate wasn't very accurate so you ended up paying more than in the local currency.

I would definetely suggest keeping both

Yoyola

5. Posted by Nikolina (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

Hotels in Croatia will take EUR but stores not. You don`t have to worry as there are lots of banks and exchange offices all around the Croatia.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

In Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia should I just turn my travellers cheques into local currency or will some stores, hostels take euros?

Major tourist sites, hotels and restaurants will sometimes take Euros, but local currency is best in all 3. However, Slovenia is changing to the Euro next year, so increasing numbers of places will accept that alongside the Tolar.

7. Posted by yp (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Is there the equivalent of European Travellers Cheques? I am planning on a long travel trip and I was hoping to find out what the safest and most useful form of currency would be. Should I convert my Canadian dollars (where I am from ) to US Travellers Cheques and then convert it again to Euro or are there European traveller's cheques?

YP

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

What about ATM ?
then you could take the amount on local currency there.
Wire transfers can take sometimes very long,even it says 24 hours.
Western Union and Money Gram are fast but not inexpensiv.You may ask at your bank who is handling this business,or check out at the Western Union.The can make you a copie from the list of the Towns you will visit,then you know in advance if the have a office or bank there in case you need money.
The can also show you the costs for the transfer.
hope this is some usfull info for you,
Marlis