ATM withdrawal in Costa Rica without fees
In Costa Rica you'll find that most ATMs ("cajero automático") have a fix withdrawing fee for international cards like Visa/Mastercard. ATMs that have fees are legally obliged to display a screen...
Thai ATM swallowed my card!
"For security reasons all cards that have been retained by ATMs are destroyed." (Bangkok Bank Website)
This is now the stated policy of all Thai Banks. In the case of overseas visitors using cards...
Currency of India
The National Currency of India is the Indian Rupee, which is available in denominations of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. There are coins for 1, 2, 5 and 10.
Banking in India has become...
Money in Cuba
Since we have received many questions about the Cuban money situation in our guest house, we would like to share information about the two existing currencies, how to easily change money and how to...
How to pay for your stay in Iran
As you may know, Iran has been subject to several embargo's over the past years. As a result, banking relationships between the country and the rest of the world are non-existent. What does it...
Korean ATMs: withdrawing money in South Korea without fees
If you own a foreign credit card, such as a Visa or a Mastercard, most ATMs in South Korea will have withdrawal fees (usually from around ₩3,000 to around ₩5,000) for international...
ATM fees in Taiwan
Most of ATMs in Taiwan don't have fees for international withdrawals, including Visa / Mastercard.
However, some ATMs might make you pay a fee (usually NTD 100). So unless you're in a big hurry,...
Take a picture of your tickets and receipts!
Always take a second to take a picture of every ticket, ATM receipt, invoice, etc, when travelling (and even when not travelling after all).
It can turn very useful if:
You lose your ticket
Exchanging money without getting ripped-off
A Currency Exchange, or "CE" is a business that makes a living by buying and selling currencies with a margin. It is a paying service exactly like any other.
Some CE offer fair rates while others...
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