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Old 07-11-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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so what do you prefer? i dont really know whether its safe enough if i bring only cash with me...im leaving for amsterdam very soon..
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I prefer a visa/mc debit card, myself. Traveller's cheques can be a royal pain in the arse.
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Cash from ATM machines.. they're plentiful and you get the best exchange rate. Just be sure to notify your bank that you're going to be in whatever country for X period of time so they don't suspect fraud and freeze your account on you.
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I brought a couple traveller's cheques with me just for back up & piece of mind. If you don't end up using them either cash them at home or use them to get super drunk on your last day of travelling.

But I completely agree with SV that they are a pain in the ass. They're outdated now, stick with debit & credit.
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Yep, I'm with you guys. I'm bring my credit and debit cards and will keep a bit of cash tucked away somewhere for if there is an emergency. The bank tried very hard to get me to order some but I was like, "Have you been to Europe before?" She gave me a blank look and finally dropped the issue. :D

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i like a mix of atm and traveller's cheques.
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hmm ,, well i think ill stick to cash + credit card...thanks guys
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Only place to use travelers checks is in less developed countries where ATM's may not be available. This is of course becoming less and less of an issue. If I were to take an around the world trip I would bring maybe $500 USD or 500 Euro in Traveler's checks for that reason. Other than that its ATM. Europe has ATM's all over so its not a problem.

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I saw an add recently for an American Express prepaid travel card. You can put a certain amount of money on it, it will work like an amex card. I think you can get cash as well. Plus its guaranteed if you lose it to get your cash back to in two days or something like that.

I personally only use Visa and a debit card, plus I stash a small amount of cash hidden away somewhere as a backup. I see no reason for travelers checks, but that's my personal choice.
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The Amex prepaid card is a cool idea... just keep in mind that outside of the US and major European countries (hell, even in them) FAR fewer merchants accept Amex than MC/Visa.
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