Results for - Why is it so hard to exchange currency from one country to another?

2,184 voters participated in this survey

1. So my husband and I have been traveling internationally a lot. Thus we have a need for money other than the good ol' US dollar. Since we live in a small town, our local bank doesn't have the capability to exchange currency. What to do, what to do, what to do?

Get a second account at a large nation-wide bank to use only when we need foreign currency.
839 votes
Pay the ridiculous exchange rates at airport money kiosks
232 votes
Pay the yearly fee for a credit card which doesn't have foreign transaction fees and just charge everything when we travel.
843 votes
Other (please specify)
186 votes

2. One option we found is to throw ourselves on the mercy of unsuspecting bank customers in foreign countries. How this works is - we walk up to someone in a major bank. We politely tell them we have only American money. Would they please help us exchange it for local currency? Amazingly enough only one person has turned us down so far and that was when we were in Canada. So would you help someone in this situation?

1,123 votes
977 votes

3. As a side note - have you ever thought about why there are so many different currencies in the world? Wouldn't it be nice if there was only one? Or at the very least, if businesses would take all legal forms of tender, not just what their country uses? Let's face it, you can google the current exchange rates in five seconds flat. You can add any comments below.

Sure - one world currency would be nice and simple
612 votes
Are you nuts? - Every country has their own for a reason
928 votes
Well, at least let me pay in whatever currency I happen to have in my pocket at the time - money is money
560 votes
08/03/2019 Travel 2184 64 By: mickiz


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