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1. Posted by tina09 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Am going to Sydney and Melbourne for 6 weeks can someone advise is it better to take Amex travellers cheques or use ATMs am with Natwest. Or use Visa for purchases and take cash.
Am really stuck.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3898 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't bother with travellers' cheques - use your UK bank card instead but bear in mind the charges you will incur. If you can pay your credit card off at the end of the month so you don't incur interest charges you could use that and cash. I had an interest free period on my credit card when I travelled round Australia for 3 months, so I put most things on that and then paid it off before I started paying interest.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, forget travellers cheques.

I'd use credit cards for a lot of purchases or ATMs for cash withdrawals.

4. Posted by cheap az (Budding Member 91 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

visa card way to go:)

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi. Travellers cheques are becoming as dormant as personal cheques nowadays. The way forward is to charge a card before you go and use it while away. The costs are much cheaper usually than your own bankcard. If you enquire at your bank they will give you more information on the facility.Still take your own cards as well, but the new charged card will probably work out cheaper for ATMs and product purchases. Once the money on the card has run out it wont be able to get used unless you have arranged an O/D on it. The card can usually be recharged on-line as well regardless of where in the world you are. Some banks do their own card but there are companies that deal specifically with charged cards.

6. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

there is one advantage to travelers cheques if you losre your bank card you will have tot get your bank to send a new one probably take a few weeks, with travelers cheques you can go into an amex office and get them replaced

Probably wont be an issue if you are taking more than one card with you though

7. Posted by workabroad (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

travellers cheques have terrible exchange rates and are no longer used by most travellers