Travel Q&A – Exchanging Money, Protests & Mobile Phones Abroad

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Travel Q&A – Exchanging Money, Protests & Mobile Phones Abroad
What to do if protests break out while traveling? Where to find the best exchange rate to get cash abroad? What should I do with my mobile phone while I travel? Answers to Your Travel Questions.

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22 thoughts on “Travel Q&A – Exchanging Money, Protests & Mobile Phones Abroad

  1. If I need foreign cash I always change money at the FOREX Bank. They have the best exchange rates. You’ll  find them inside the Copenhagen Central Railway station. BTW Copenhagen is an expensive city with lousy weather. Last time I was there in 2013 it was +13 C in late june.

  2. I preached at a Belfast protest last year. It was so much fun. UK people VS. Catholics and over 300 cops. The cops let me get right in the middle by them to preach the gospel. I was at a police protest in Athens 2 years ago, so it is a  great crowd for what I am trying to accomplish. Going to Hong Kong after seeing their crazy protests. American protests kinda seem like the scariest lol. Not joking, I will avoid theirs.

  3. What are the best tips for hailing cabs in other cities?  I am traveling to Paris next week and will take a taxi from CDG to the 9th.  I speak very little French, do most drivers understand english or what tips can you offer to getting to where you need to go with out getting ripped off.  Thanks!

  4. Regarding the money, that was my original plan, but finally decided going mostly cash for this time at least because of the exchange rate I have at home.

    My case is a little different. I need to exchange from Mexican pesos and right now I can buy Euros for roughly more than the U.S. Dollar. That way I don’t need to deal with ATM or Credit Card exchange rates in regular basis. It’s worse for me those bank charges 🙁

  5. Don’t be afraid to attend demostrations in Denmark. The police is quite fair compared to the U.S and even if the police arrest you – there is a chance you will get some money out of it if the arrest was wrong. I got around 3500 danish crowns for being detained 3 hours.

  6. I never use my phone while traveling outside the US. I just go on my iPad or laptop use the wifi at the hotel and FaceTime home and/or post pictures. When i was in Scotland and Ireland i had my cell phone turned off and in my luggage didn’t turn it on until i landed back in the US. As far as the money it is best to use the ATM because some places didn’t want to accept credit cards and i found it easier to just to have the cash on me.

  7. If you have an unlocked phone, you can just buy a SIM-card in your destination country. You have to make sure that your phone is network-unlocked, otherwise you won’t be able to use it. For example, I bought a phone in China last year and it works fine in Hungary. No problems yet. Warranty is expired, because I have been using it for over a year. This year, I travelled to Portugal and I used MEO there. For that 2 months I had 2GB of data, 500 mins of calls, 500 messages in Portugal, for 10 euros. Phoning abroad was 15 cents per minute. I hardly used this latter function. I almost always had free Wi-Fi, so I just messaged on Facebook, because it did not count in that 2GB.

  8. I think what I would do with my cell phone is I would go ahead and get the plan you were talking about it especially if I can get something like I’m going to text because to be honest with you there’s no reason someone would have to call me on the phone unless it’s like an emergency or something and if I want to talk to someone you know using my voice I can always Skype them if I can find Wi-Fi. and you know I’m a big fan of Wi-Fi so there we go

  9. Banks charge 3% of withdrawal amount on debit cards. Even if you use their partner bank ATMs.  Best is carry EUR ahead of time (you can order online with your bank before travelling, they just need 48 hours to get it to you). Do not exchage money at airport currency kiosks, they give you the worst exchange rates.  Get foreign currency from your own bank at least 48 hours beofre your trip.

  10. Perhaps one thing that could be mentioned is never to accept dynamic currency conversion when using your credit card abroad. In other words, if the merchant gives you a choice on whether to charge your card in your home currency or the local currency, you should always pick the local currency, as your bank’s conversion rate is almost always better than that of the merchant.

  11. Do you have any travel suggestions or insights about access ability for those who are disabled? Particularly blind and visually impaired individuals. My goal is to teach English in Germany after I’ve finished college. I’ve visually impaired and will most likely have my second guide dog by them. Any info, suggestions, or tips would be great. I love your videos they’re always so informative and fun to watch.

  12. Any updates or changes of opinion regarding exchanging money. Are you still recommending debit cards at ATMs for the best rates? Great videos, Mark!

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