Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,016
Like most business travellers and frequent flyers, I make repeat trips to many countries â which means that between those trips, I like to keep that country's currency so that I have it on hand for the next trip. I'm curious as to how other Australian Business Traveller readers manage this?
My own strategy is that I picked up a bunch of plastic 'invoice' envelopes from OfficeWorks: there's maybe a dozen, in sturdy and differently-coloured DL-sized plastic wallets, and they all fit into a fat plastic container. In each of those I stash a different set of notes â UK pounds, Euro, HK dollars etc. In those same envelopes I also keep anything else related to that country: eg the UK envelope has my Oyster card, a few BA express lane passes for Heathrow, the UK landing card. If I have a local SIM card for any country it also goes into that country's envelope, so that it's pretty much a 'grab and go' solution when packing for a trip.
As for coins, I used to keep them but quickly realised that sorting them could be a real pain and take more time than it's worth, so as a rule I now just pop them into a donation box at the airport or the donation envelope (Change for Good etc) handed out by the airline on my journey home.
What's your solution for managing foreign currency between trips?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Similarly use envelopes and generally junk coins as well.
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 322
I'm not very organised about this. I would have to hunt around looking for where I'd left the currency, though I should get better at this.
Member since 30 Jan 2018
Total posts 2
I minimise the use of currency whenever possible and also the use of travel cards, that is, I use plastic to pay for everything (including travel on the tube in London for example), just ensure you have a good 'no fees' debit card or Credit Card that also gives you a good exchange rate. For example: ING for debit cards and/or Bankwest, 28Degrees, Citi for credit cards. As an added bonus it also makes keeping track of all your travel expenses and the work related travel claim a breeze! This also applies for domestic travel, but im guessing you are referring more to South east Asia and other areas where currecny is still commonly used?
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 250
I'm a regular visitor to London, and use the Oyster card there. A decade ago coins were useful and necessary for public phones and wherever one had to pay small amounts. These days one has a smartphone and credit cards are widely accepted ever for fairly small payments.
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
Zip lock lunch bags for each currency notes. I do keep UK and Euro coins - the gold ones anyhow, the rest I just lose somewhere...
Member since 08 Nov 2014
Total posts 22
I agree with the strategies re cards and coins. I use cash minimally and long for the day when all coins are obsolete. Similar to others I load coins onto public transport cards before I leave a country that I know I’ll be returning to. I’ll be doing that in Singapore this afternoon. I also do it with my Myki as I depart Melbourne.
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 24 Jan 2012
Total posts 88
I use the CX Premium economy wash bags to sort my foreign currency.
Oh, that's a great idea – very practical!
Member since 31 Jul 2018
Total posts 17
Document folders work well. Cash, Transit Cards, larger denomination coins e.g. 500Yen. On my iPhone I keep country specific apps in a folder named as the Country and more generic travel apps in a "Travel" folder. A little bit of organisation saves a lot of searching later!
Member since 03 Jul 2011
Total posts 85
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 266
I've learned not to keep coins. They get changed (no pun intended) to a new size/design etc and become obsolete. Also I never keep notes from certain places, e.g. Falkland Islands pounds - impossible to exchange even in London and Stanley is not a place I'll likely be going back to anytime soon. So in both cases I just buy stuff or give the money away.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
Cheap plastic collapsible folder. Will see if can post a pic later.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
Pretty much the same strategy as you. Everything for that country in one envelope. Just grab that and go. Also keep apps related to individual countries / cities in one place also. And also (maybe over paranoid, but it’s been useful before) taken a copy of any relevant visas / electronic travel authority approvals with me. My 6 month old daughter was once denied boarding returning to Aus (from NZ - I have UK passport) because they couldn’t get her passport to scan confirming visa. My wife asked where we could leave her as she and I needed to board the flight. The hard copy of her visa confirmation was extremely useful!
Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 231
I put it in the AMEX Foreign exchange zip bag they give you when you get currency, then I store it with my passport. When I travel next it’s all ready and since there’s no commission payable with Amex Foreign exchange, it’s all in one handy place next time I top up. Foreign coins I generally give to coin collectors.
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