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Information on using money is covered in shopping, and the Buy section of destination guides. This article contains general information about obtaining money, in its various forms, for use in many destinations, often with currencies other than at home.
There are a number of ways to obtain and exchange money while traveling. You are always trading off expense, risk, and convenience. Unfortunately, organized and other criminals have developed numerous ways to take your money. Credit cards have legal limits on how much you are liable if used illegally. Debit and ATM cards have other risks and benefits. This article discusses how to use them, their risks, and how to obtain currency or cash.

Exchange rates


Debit, credit, ATM and prepaid cards

Card costs


Carrying or sending money across national borders

Getting money in an emergency

See also