SRS Spending Money overseas

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  1. JoeMayo

    JoeMayo New Member

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    I'm going to be down in South Africa for 18 weeks coming up this wed.
    I'm wondering if anyone has been to S.A and how easy it was to use a ATM card etc. Do most banks in overseas take travel checks? Not really sure I want to bring alot of hard cash with me.
     
  2. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    I do believe most banks take travelers checks and if you have an international bank, check to see if they have a branch where you are visiting.
     
  3. Falconer

    Falconer OT Supporter

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    shouldn't this be in On Topic?
     
  4. Brieldo

    Brieldo Bigger than you are.

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    Get a Schwab checking account or something that refunds your ATM fees...otherwise you will get eaten alive. I had this happen in Germany when I was over there.
     
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    popsnbeer New Member

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    i would go into your bank and ask them their recommendations.
     
  6. nsane

    nsane New Member

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    Is it possible to just take my existing American credit card (Visa, through Citi) and use it overseas? I've bought stuff online with foreign currencies and I don't remember being charged a conversion fee or anything. The only thing I'd be worried about is tripping the security alert and getting the card locked down... then being unable to use it.

    /me turned in my passport app today :big grin:
     
  7. nsane

    nsane New Member

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    I can't post links... so copy/paste this. It's a fairly comprehensive discussion of credit/debit cards and ATMs overseas.

    flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Credit/Debit/ATM_Cards_and_Foreign_Exchange
     

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