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Money - what's the best?

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Money - what's the best?

Travlling to Goa in November, what's the best method for cash. Usually carry plastic and use ATM's. Is it best to take UK Sterling and change locally? Or are travellers cheques a better option. One last thing, is it best to get currency at the airport or wait for a better rate elsewhere?

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Phil.

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1. Re: Money - what's the best?

your best bet is to take a bit of cash to start with then take the rest in travellers cheques, you can usually get quite a good rate if you shop around at the resort you're staying in.

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2. Re: Money - what's the best?

As often mentioned on this forum a nationwide flex account is the way to go. loads of ATMs, business exchange rate and no charge for withdrawing your cash. Just fill your account with your holiday spends here and take it out in Rupees in Goa. Just take a couple of quid for the bag men at the airport, unless you want a wrestling match between them and your suitcases all the way to your coach:-)

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3. Re: Money - what's the best?

Thanks Steve, When you say 'Nationwide Flex Account' whats the advantage, why not just a normal debit card if theres plenty of ATM's. Is it possible to get rupees here before we travel, again to fend off the guys at the airport?

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4. Re: Money - what's the best?

You can only rarely get rupees in the UK. The advantage of a Nationwide flex account card is that you do not get charged by Nationwide for withdrawals, unlike most banks. Generally banks charge you for each time you use an ATM while abroad.

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5. Re: Money - what's the best?

Its actually illegal to carry Indian Rupees in or out of India in excess of Rs 500. No one checks normally, but if they do, your money might be confiscated (at least a great deal of it will be gone to customs officer's pockets)

Why don't you change about 10 pounds at the airport for immediate use, and change the rest as needed after you get to the city. The rates at the airport are pretty bad though.

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6. Re: Money - what's the best?

As goansoon says the advantage is no charge for withrawals,with my lloyds tsb card in crete i was charged £2.50 every time i took money out. as for the guys at the airport get a trolley and just have one guy and give him a pound coin, he will protest that it is a pound per case etc... but tell them that is all you have. sounds tight but they earn far more than your average hotel/bar worker etc...

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7. Re: Money - what's the best?

Steve, Thanks for all the help, and to everyone else, sounds like it's going to be an eye opener, hope I/We can call on your help closer to travel date when the usual panic's set in!!!

Phil.

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8. Re: Money - what's the best?

no worries, just ask and no need to panic,you will love it :-)

steve

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