Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
Racala, as a Brit myself, I would avoid the Â£50 note at all costs. Many places, including major businesses, will flatly refuse to take them for fear of forgeries. My in-laws recently came on a trip to London with us and the first thing they had to do was go to a Bank and change them for something smaller. I don't know why we have that attitude in the UK, but for whatever reason they are seen as "dodgy".
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
I agree and I'd also include the US - I couldn't go totally cashless there with the tipping requirements!
SilkAir - KrisFlyer
Member since 28 Mar 2017
Total posts 9
My preference is to use cash when possible and thus I keep various currencies in a Smythson currency wallet - one for European currencies and another for the rest of the world. Travel cards and various loyalty cards are kept with the appropriate currency and coins are stored in the plastic coin bags issued by Australian banks.
Member since 17 Feb 2016
Love those Smythson currency wallets. Nice one.
Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 291
I normally exchange notes for the next currency when I arrive somewhere, though I've been keeping USD or JPY when returning to AU for the next trip (US and Japan are my most common trips).I keep coins, each currency in its own small ziplock and all the small ziplocks together in a larger ziplock bag. Each is labeled and I have a couple of spares. I just swap over coins when I exchange the notes. eg, arrive in HND, trade AUD notes for JPY and swap out AUD coins into AUD ziplock bag and empty JPY ziplock into wallet.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 55
When on a leisure trip, I actually prefer to use cash. I think it adds to the experience.
Member since 09 Jan 2017
Total posts 2
Birmingham INTERNATIONAL airport, last year. Needed a GBP1.00 coin to get a trolley. Just arrived from Australia, no UK coins, no machine to spill out coins in exchange for a paper quid, and credit card slot broken.
Member since 25 Feb 2013
Total posts 6
Ha, wouldn't have helped me even with my bag of coins. I usually have organised bags of coins for the countries I most visit but I lost about 12 quid on the pound coin changeover because I had an unusually long period between UK trips,. Left with a bag of coins no-one would accept!
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 134
Intersting how this has evolved into a cash vs. card discussion as well. Here in the US I always try to keep a few $1 bills in my wallet, yes for tips. But unless I’m traveling the only place that’s really needed is valet parking and the car wash. And in LA you do valet pretty often. Otherwise no cash needed.
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
Exactly same happened to me in Manchester Airport, thankfully a good Samaritan also came forward with a pound coin.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 05 Jun 2017
I agree. Most African countries (and I'm sure many other less 'developed' countries) do not use credit cards and cash is essential for most purchases.
There's a coin shortage in the UAE?I have coins in NZD, SGD, MYR, JPY, TWD, HKD, RMB, KRW, GBP, AED, EUR, NOK, SEK, CHF, HUF, CAD and USD
Member since 04 Oct 2016
Total posts 13
I use small ziplock bags, one for each currency, and put them all inside an A4 document wallet.
Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club
Member since 02 Jul 2018
Total posts 22
For coins I have dedicated coin purses for each currency - USD, GBP, EUR, JPY, KRW, HKD, CNY, AUD, SGD. I got some cutie ones which costs just a few bucks a purse. Don't be surprised I use a cat face purse for pences, or Country Road PEY wash bag for nickels & dimes.
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