Exchanging currency

When you travel, go prepared. Arriving in a foreign country with no local currency can be unsafe. Changing money is simple. This service is available at airports, banks and even at the hotel where you will be staying.

Culture shock! Travel safe : a survival guide to medical safety
Paul E. Zakowich
Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2009.
CultureShock! Travel Safe gives you all the information you'll need to keep yourself and your family and friends safe and healthy while travelling¬ You want to go to some less-travelled country-Zambia, for example-but you don't know what vaccinations are required, much less what health hazards may wait you there. Your friends are planning a trip to Tibet, but you're worried about how to handle the thinner air up there. You're travelling with your children for the first time, and you're not sure how to handle it. CultureShock! Travel Safe gives you all the information you'll need to keep yourself and your family and friends safe and healthy while travelling. The true travel stories included illustrate the common mistakes travellers make when it comes to keeping healthy while travelling. Covering everything from getting medical travel insurance, packing a medical kit and performing CPR to the best way to handle children on a long flight and what vaccinations they will need before travelling, CultureShock! Travel Safe is the best travelling companion you'll ever need.About the Series - CultureShock! is a comprehensive, dynamic and indispensable guide for travellers looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting, as well as expatriates settling into a new assignment in a foreign land. Each title explains the customs, traditions, social and business etiquette in a lively and informative style.¬  CultureShock! Authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls of cultural adaptation, provide warm and informative advice to those who seek to integrate seamlessly into diverse cultures. The¬  books have a friendly and honest writing style and are full of personal experiences, practical advise and useful informationAbout the Author - Dr Paul E. Zakowich is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine practising in the Republic of Singapore. He was a chief medical coordinator of AEA, International, an international medical assistance company with an extensive network of medical alarm centres throughout Asia, and in Australia, and the United States. He has helped managed numerous medical evacuations within South East Asia. He writes on a regular basis for the lay press on topics concerning health care and travel in the tropics, and has been a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine, American Medical Association, Singapore Medical Association and Singapore Academy of Medicine. Dr. Zakowich has resided in Southeast Asia for the past 25 years. His wife, Fiona, is a Singaporean, and they have two daughters
The Essential guide to travel health : don't let bugs, bites and bowels spoil your trip
Jane Wilson-Howarth.
London : Cadogan Guides, 2009.
Gives helpful advice on all aspects of travelling, from what to expect and pre-trip vaccinations to the hazards of heat and sun in deserts and jungles, and of cold and exposure in mountains and caves, offers the latest information on MaIaria treatments and deep vein thrombosis, assesses the usefulness ofnatural remedies and covers responsible tourism, advises on how to treat bites and stings and deal with accidents, first aid and common ailments
Gap years for grown ups
Susan Griffith.
Richmond : Crimson, 2008.
While many adults envy the gap year students who take ayear off to roam the world, an increasing number of themare putting normal life on hold to follow their own gapyear dreams. Gap Years for Grown Ups is a complete andcomprehensive guide to how to do it, complete with anenormous range of opportunities and first-hand accountsfrom people who have actually done it. Informationincludes: specialist gap year schemes that accept olderparticipants; jobs and voluntary work around the world;ideas for pursuing a hobby or new project. This guidealso offers superb advice on issues that will concernolder gappers, such as how to persuade your boss to giveyou leave, ensuring that you have a job to return to, andhow to finance a trip. While this book offers practicalinformation and advice, The Grown Up Gap Year Diariesgives a personal insight into a gap year adventure, andtakes readers on a journey through the highs and lows oftravelling the globe.
Traveler's tool kit. Mexico and Central America : everything you need to know to eat well, stay healthy, travel safely, save money, and have a ball!
Rob Sangster and Tim Leffel.
Birmingham, Ala. : Menasha Ridge Press, c2008.
Sangster and Leffel, both experienced travel writers, have written this guide to visiting Mexico and Central America with a practical yet novel tone that concentrates on staying out of trouble and keeping healthy. Noting some of the risks encountered during travel to these areas, the authors offer plenty of tips on how to save money on lodging and transportation, how to negotiate with locals, and how to have memorable adventures by "traveling with a purpose." A companion website offers additional resources for potential travelers to these regions. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The exchange rate is the amount of a foreign currency that you can buy with your money. It fluctuates depending on where and when you happen to exchange your home currency. It's important to know what the exchange rate is so you will know how much your money is worth in another country. Use a currency calculator or go to the bank to find the current exchange rate.

Credit and ATM cards can be an alternate way to carry cash. Some credit card companies may charge for the currency conversion. Look out for ATM fees if it's not your bank. Check your policy to find out about fees, so there aren't any surprises when you get your bill. Notify the credit card company when you are going to take a trip abroad so they know the charges in a foreign country are from you.

Foreign Currency

 France - Franc
 Germany - Mark
 Italy - Lira
 Japan - Yen
 Mexico - Peso
 Russia - Ruble

If you don't like withdrawal fees you might be better off with traveler checks. Traveler checks are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as banks and foreign currency exchange bureaus. Record the serial number of each check so if they get lost or stolen the funds can be replaced. You just have to put your signature in the bottom left hand corner when making a purchase.

Sometime you'll have some foreign currency left over by the time you're ready to return home. You can spend it at the dutyfree shop, convert it back to your local currency or keep it as a souvenir of your trip.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff