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A Weak Australian Dollar Means You Should Finally Book That Bucket List Trip to Oz

Where: Australia
December 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Alright you guys, listen closely because we have the some of the best news ever for travelers with Down Under on the to-do list. This very second is the best time to make moves on planning that trip to Australia.

Today may be the first official day of summer in Oz and sure, the temps are already very warm, but there's plenty season left for you to take advantage of the latest news: the Aussie dollar has hit a 4-year low against the U.S. dollar.

Basically what this means is that your money can now go much further than it has in the past 4 years. To be honest, we have battled with unfavorable exchange rates for about 8 years now. Looking at the numbers, each of our hard-earned greenbacks buys about $1.18 AUD, which turns out to be just under 25% more than in 2010. This can only mean one thing: souvenirs, tours and hotels booked in AUD are nearly 20% less expensive, and if you've been to Oz before, you know this is a helpful "markdown."

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How Apple Pay Makes Life Easier for Travelers

October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM | by | ()

Apple Pay is the hot topic of conversations this week, as Apple releases their "credit card killer" for easier, and more secure payments. So far it's only available to Americans, for use in the United States, but as this is only the beginning of Apple Pay we can see an expanded future ahead. So, how to get started?

First off, you must be in possession of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 3 running iOS 8.1, and you must enable passcode lock and, for the iPhone, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). It's extra layers of security.

For help with setting it up, check out AppleInsider, which we did and then immediately headed out to Walgreens to purchase a few mini travel toiletries.

Apple Pay performed beautifully. When the cashier totaled up our purchases, our Passbook Apple Pay screen switched itself to prompt us to place our finger for Touch ID. When our print cleared, the phone vibrated and chimed, and displayed a small record of the transaction including store name and location.

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Excess Foreign Currency? Take It to the Bank.

February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

It's rare but, hey, sometimes it happens that a traveler returns from overseas with a little too much leftover foreign currency. Perhaps you overestimated prices, or didn't do as much market shopping as you wanted, or simply handed over a credit card and forgot about the cash burning a hole in your wallet. Whatever the reason, you're stuck with excess money and you've already left the airport and its currency exchanges.

Simple solution: deposit it into your bank account.

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Stuff Your Wallet with Crisp Euros for a Trip to Latvia

Where: Latvia
January 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

We’ve got an extra twenty euro note hanging out with our passport, and it’s ready to be used on our next trip across the pond. Well there’s a new country where we can exchange it for some souvenirs, as Latvia is now part of the big family utilizing the euro.

January 1 was the big day, so things have been going on for a few weeks now. Citizens tossed their old former currency aside—known as Latvian lats—in favor of what is used in plenty of countries across the continent. With Latvia joining the party there are now 18 countries doing the euro thing. For those that are still finding lats in their pockets when doing laundry the exchange rate is set at one euro for 0.7 lats, so go ahead and exchange those suckers.

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Now is the Time to Get Rid of Your Canadian Pennies

Where: Canada
April 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Our friends to the North have decided to scrap the penny. Yes, Canada will no longer have a one cent piece as legal tender. The clock is ticking on the little maple leaf copper coin and its ability to buy anything when traveling in Canada, but we don't think it will majorly change how you travel.

The Canadian government has decided that it is far too costly to continue to produce the fractional monetary unit and will ceased minting this month. If you have a jar filled with 'loonies' and pennies, don't freakout as you have until the end of the year to spend them on Royal Canadian Mounted Police souvenirs and the like. Distribution to financial institutions will end in the fall when the decision makers will begin the end of circulation.

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Five Things To Know About Visiting Panama

Where: Panama
April 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

Our own Brendan Spiegel has wrapped up his trip in Panama and here's a parting gift on all that he's learned. If you have still have any questions or suggestions for him, let us know.

Not that we're exactly experts after two weeks in the country, but here's a couple of field tips we wish we knew beforehand…

1. No Need To Change Currency: The money thing is super-easy here. Panama has their own currency, the Balboa, but it's tied to the dollar, which is accepted literally everywhere. They don't even print their own bills, so there's no need to change any money if you're coming from the States. You'll get Balboa coins as change, which are the same size and color as their American counterparts. Just make sure to get rid of them before you leave, as I've learned New York shopkeepers are not so happy when you accidently try to pay for the newspaper in Balboa quarters.

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Happy Tenth Birthday to the Euro, Europe's "Convenient Scapegoat"

January 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

We remember when the euro was launched, ten years ago. We smirked and snickered here in America as it sank lower and lower against the dollar, thinking of all the bargains we'd snatch up in Rome, Paris, and Frankfurt, which we'd parade through like royalty while tossing our cherished greenbacks to the little people.

What a difference ten years makes. Even amid the global financial crisis, the euro remains a secure and stable currency, trading strongly against the dollar and increasingly becoming the currency of choice for international transactions. An interesting item from msnbc points out that the 1999 introduction of the euro provided an excuse for the various European governments to get their financial houses in order to meet the eurozone's strict requirements. All of a sudden, leaders were able to muster the support necessary to pay down government debt and overhaul national budgets without having to pay a price in political capital. As Professor Randall Filer puts it, the euro became a "convenient scapegoat" for politicians to use while putting in place austere economic reforms.

What started out as a non-cash currency for just eleven nations is now the sole currency for sixteen nations, with more on the way. To celebrate the euro's birthday, head down to your local European bar or pub and order up a five euro cocktail. We'd join you, but all we have are these worthless dollars.

[Photo: euro.lt]

Related Stories:
· At 10 Euro Looks Like It's Coming of Age [msnbc.com]
· Euro Coverage [Jaunted]

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In The Money in Canberra

April 26, 2007 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

There's no better way for a money-loving capitalist to spend a holiday in Australia's capital, Canberra, than by making a visit to the Royal Australian Mint, where most of Australia's coins are made. The Mint's exhibition galleries are currently undergoing major renovations to make for a better visitor's experience.

Sadly for us, increased security probably makes it impossible for us to carry out a few souvenir coins in our boots, but we can still check out exhibits explaining both the production and design of Australia's currency. All kinds of cute stuff gets on the back of Aussie coins, from kangaroos and a platypus to even the royal wedding of Charles and Diana. Plus you can find out that Australia nearly didn't have dollars: other names considered for their currency were royals, australs, or, after the sheep, merinos! Entrance to the Mint costs zero merinos, but you can spend plenty at the gift shop.

[Photo: xlynx]

Related Stories:
· Australian For Museum [Jaunted]
· Canberra Mint Worker Filled Boots [Jaunted]

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Give The Gift Of Leftover Foreign Currency

December 13, 2006 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

Want to join the ranks of the do-gooders this holiday season?

A Jaunted reader pointed us to the Change for Good UNICEF program, which is perfect for the constantly travelin' set. Pretty much you just gather up all your unused foreign currency and send it off to UNICEF.

I'm going to gather all my little caches of coins and small-denomination bills, and mail 'em off. Lempiras, Aussie dollars... you name it. I end up with a little of everything when I get home from a trip, and my nieces and nephews have enough coins by now.

We know we have some Bahamian dollars and Euros lying around here that we can ship out.

Instructions on how to give post jump.

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