UK posters may have noticed that I often advise getting a Nationwide crdeit card for use abroad as they don't charge the conversion fee as lots of others do, which means you actually only pay what you were charged at the time of purchase converted directly into GBP...it can save a fortune if you spend a lot
I've just become aware that Nationwide also don't charge for cash withdrawals from ATM's if you have a current account with them. This obviously would do away with the need for changing large amounts of currency and buying Travellers Cheques. Just been in this morning to get the necessary forms and advice at my local branch.
I don't work for Nationwide, but thought I'd pass this money saving tip onto people.