Tips For Exchanging Money
When travelling overseas, if you are not prepared you can get ripped off with terrible exchange rates when changing money. Don’t get stung by last minute transfers at the airport or by the black market currency traders. The best way to get good exchange rates are listed below.
Exchanging money for your international surf trip
When it comes to exchanging money for your international surf trip, you have a few options:
•Pre-order money from your local bank.
•ATM at Destination
•Exchange office at destination
•TravelEx Money Exhange (http://www.travelex.com.au/)
•Cash Passport http://www.cashpassport.com/ However, remote areas (for example Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Carolines etc.) will not have facilities and we strongly recommend cash.
Best Currency to take on your trip
•Bali / Lombok / Sumbawa (Indonesia) – Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and US Dollar
•Mentawais (Indonesia) – Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and US Dollar
•Maldives – US Dollar (USD)
•Fiji – Fijian Dollar (FJD)
•Tonga – Tonga Pa’anga (TOP)
•Cook Islands – New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
•Tahiti – CFP Franc (XPF) or USD (easiest to exchange)
•New Caledonia – CFP Franc (XPF)
•Solomon Islands – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
•Samoa – USD or Samoan Tala (WST)
•Papua New Guinea – Kina (PGK)
•Caroline Islands – USD
•Hawaii – USD•
•Philippines – Philippines Peso (PHP) or USD (easiest to exchange)
•Sri Lanka – USD or Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
•Australia – Australian Dollar (AUD)
•New Zealand – New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
•Europe – Euro
•South America – local currency, depending on what country you travel to: Brazil – Real; Peru – Nuevo Sol; Chile – Chilean Peso. You cannot use USD in shops in most cases (especially Chile), but it is easy to exchange.
•Central America – local currency, depending on what country you travel to: Costa Rica – Colones; Nicaragua – Cordobas; Salvador – Salvador Colones; Mexico – Mexican Peso. USD is easy to exchange once you are at the destination