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Money on the trip – what to take and how much?                              

When preparing for a trip, it is always worth considering what currency to take and how much. Going through some countries, we are not sure if we will be able to pay with the card and if there will be an ATM somewhere to withdraw cash in the local currency..

When planning an expedition route, we know exactly which countries we will be going to, so we try to have local currency, eg rubles, hryvnia, funnels, etc. but after many experiences we always take with us American dollars. Why dollars? The answer is one – despite many political misunderstandings, dollars are generally welcome and accepted currency in almost every country. It happens that some currencies can not be bought in Poland and then the dollar is also a helpful currency. In most post-communist countries, the US dollar is the same as the local currency.

Refueling 3 cars,


in which fuel tanks contain several dozen liters, it is quite expensive and sometimes it is difficult to predict how much you will have to pay. It often happens that we pay by card but there are also cases, such as in Russia or Romania, where there is no such possibility. It’s just that in the world they usually do not have a terminal for handling payment cards at the gas station. After several trips we have gained more experience what and how much to take so that you do not run out. Experience has also taught us that when crossing the border of a given country, stop at a currency exchange office and exchange it for US dollars or euros because in Poland it is not always possible to exchange for zloty.

The advantage of frontier currency exchange offices is that they accept coins. In Poland with foreign coins there are only troubles because either the exchange offices do not accept coins at all or convert them at a very low rate.

 

wojciech@drivenfar.com

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