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Southport, North...
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We are traveling to Australia and New Zealnd and will be gone for 6 weeks. We are trying not to use our credit cards but sre concerned about taking enough cash with us for the trip. What aalternatives can you suggest?

Thank you

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1. Re: money

Hi, we're in the same boat as you, leaving for oz on the 18th Jan from Manc.

We're just going to take a co op card (which do not charge for purchases) however they do charge for taking out money from atm machines. And then some aus dollars.

We'll keep an eye on the posts you receive for alternative ideas from helpful trip advisors.

If you have any good tips for our trip, please post them.

tip- relocation van from city to city. If Thrifty hire rent a camper van from melbourne to adelaide, they want the van back, so relocation van is a cheap option.

Good luck with the trip

Southport, North...
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2. Re: money

Thank you so much for your post. Apparently Bank of America is the only US bank (at least that I have found that belongs to the Global Alliance. If you have a debit/credit card with a VISA logo, you have to pay the 3% on each transaction. We did purchase some AUD dollars from our bank. This took 3 business days but it allows us to have Australian currency when we land.

Enjoy your trip

South Pole
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3. Re: money

bring an atm card....well, 2 is better just in case, for cash. take out the maximum amount every time.

and a cc for bigger purchases.

u will find it very difficult (impossible) to avoid fees but there are ways of minimizing them eg. using atm's of affiliated banks.

bringing large amounts of cash is asking for trouble.

rural West Aussie
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I hope you didn't get too much AUD. Buying currency outside of its country of origin is generally the most expensive way to do it.

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