Ready to go on holiday? Congratulations! Getting to go on holiday finally after working so hard all year long is definitely cause for celebration.
However, before you start celebrating it’s time to look at the finer details of travel. This means looking at accommodation, food, entertainment and most importantly — how you’re going to pay for it all. Now now, we’re not precisely talking about how you’re going to manage to fit in a holiday budget. If you’ve been waiting all year to go on holiday, you probably already have that covered. However, have you thought about how you’re going to exchange money?
It’s very easy to think that you’re not going to have to exchange currency at all, but that’s changing rapidly. More and more merchants in their own host country are starting to change more for foreign currencies to be used. If you really want to get the best deals on your purchases, you might want to think about doing some currency conversion.
Yet the natural question here isn’t just how to get the process completed, but also whether or not currency exchange rates really matter? You see, most countries do not use a 1:1 ratio in order to actually handle their currency conversions. This means that there’s always going to be a bit of unevenness as you try to move from one currency to another. Do currency exchange rates really tell the whole story? That’s what you have to figure out.
You see, when you go to exchange currency, you’re always going to pay a bit of a fee to do so. This makes sense — it’s a service and there are certain costs that are associated with the service that need to be passed along to the customer. It’s just he price of doing business, really. So when you go to do your currency exchange, you have to always subtract those fees out of what you’re actually getting. There’s a gap between the money that you would receive in a “plain” currency exchange without the fees and the reality of our capital-driven society where the fees do exist. Knowing this difference means that you’ll get the other half of the story that some currency conversion stations try to hide.
Overall, if you want to make sure that you’re getting the best deal, it’s not a bad idea to shop around and avoid the large banks. They are not the best place to really get your currency converted, because you’re going to pay even higher fees than if you had just stuck with the 3rd party outlets.
Make sure that you always get a receipt for any currency conversion, but that’s just common sense — why not exchange your money ahead of your holiday trip? That way all you have to do really is sit back and enjoy yourself!