Posted by: travelrat | May 12, 2019

Currency

Coins

It is sometimes said that, when you’re travelling the world, the US dollar and the euro are all the currency you’ll ever need. That’s not quite true, although we’ve found that they’re accepted in quite a few places besides Europe and the United States.

We found euros were readily accepted in St. Petersburg; they were preferred in Turkey. In Croatia, they had a mixed reception. I think I learned the Serbo-Croat for ‘no’ … but, fifteen minutes later, the bus tour company quoted their prices in euros.

When we took our South American cruise, we only bought Brazilian reals and Peruvian soles, for we’d be spending some time in those countries. For everywhere else, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, the US dollar was strongly recommended, for the currency of those countries is so volatile. The exception was the Falkland Islands; they use the good old pounds and pence, which are par with our own money. But, although they’ll accept sterling, be careful to pay in small notes, for you may get your change in Falklands pounds. You may be able to change the notes when you get home, but you’ll certainly have difficulty with the coins.

A similar situation could arise when we visit the Faroe Islands next month. We’ll take Danish kroner, but, again, in small denominations, for once more, we may get change in the local currency. We have yet to find out if there are places that will take euros, so we’re not taking any chances.

Of course, if all else fails, there is, (I hope!) the good old plastic. But, I’m wondering … would the charges for using the same far exceed price of the cup of coffee and couple of postcards which would be all we intend buying?


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