On the 1st day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ showed me… that destination research is key!
A little knowledge can go a long way when in a new country. Just like Ol’ Saint Nick does his research for the naughty and nice list, you should research both your holiday destination and what’s happening with foreign currencies. Not only will it keep you out of trouble by avoiding some cultural no-nos when overseas, it will also mean you’re in the know when it comes to getting the most out of your travel money.
On the 2nd day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ gave me… the best price guarantee!*
It says it in the title – find the best price from a Kiwi competitor and we will beat it*. More travel money in your back pocket = more poolside cocktails in Thailand as you wind down from the stress of present shopping at 11pm on Christmas Eve before a huge family Christmas lunch where Uncle Barry had slightly too much eggnog… Ho-Ho-Help me, please.
On the 3rd day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ told me... that getting a currency card is easy!
- Hidden transaction fees
- Airport exchange rates
- Grandma after that eggnog
- People that walk really slow in shopping centres
On the 4th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ taught me… how to save money!
On the 5th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ taught me… how to avoid costs that are sneaky!
Every country has hidden costs beyond flights and accommodation that should be budgeted for. Tipping culture is massive in many countries and can often take travellers by surprise. Other countries charge you to use a public toilet (always have spare change on hand). Finally, if you are headed to Europe and need your caffeine hit, you may be charged more for sitting down to enjoy your morning brew.
On the 6th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ told me… that travel insurance is necessary!
Regardless of where your holiday takes you, it is important to be covered in the event of an emergency. Travel insurance is an integral part of any trip, so give yourself (and your family back home) the peace of mind knowing you are protected on your Christmas trip.
On the 7th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ told me… that exchanging at the airport is silly!
On the 8th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ showed me… How to hide my money discreetly.
Nothing ruins your Christmas spirit more than having your money or valuables taken whilst overseas. Be clever with how you distribute and carry your cash and cards. Don’t keep all of your cash in the one spot, distribute it between bags, pockets and even your travel companions.
On the 9th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ gave me… tips to be scam free!
You’ve finally landed in your dream destination, unpacked your bags, and started enjoying your first holiday cocktail, only to realise that you have been sold counterfeit notes… that’s a not so Merry Christmas.
Money exchanging scams can be quite common in some countries, so we recommend getting your cash sorted before you go from a brand you trust. If this isn’t possible, watch out for vendors when they are counting your money and always double check the legitimacy of the notes.
On the 10th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ taught me… that in some countries haggling is key!
Depending on the country you visit, haggling is often expected and, if you know how to do it properly, can become a fun part of your international experience.
When it comes to haggling we have three key tips:
1. Be bold: . Even if you aren’t feeling confident just fake it till you make it!
2. Aim for win – win: Haggling should be beneficial for both the buyer and the seller. If either party gets ripped off it takes the fun out of the process.
3. Know when to walk away: if your negotiations not going anywhere don't be afraid to walk away. You never know, turning your back might drop the price that little bit more.
Keen on some more insight? We have a whole blog dedicated to the art of haggling here.
On the 11th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ showed me… how to tip appropriately.
To tip or not to tip? That is the question.
It is always worthwhile to brush up on your destinations cultural etiquette which includes when, how much and how to tip.
Hankering for that Christmas Cherry Pie in an American Diner? It’s polite to tip between 15 – 20% of your total bill. Parched and in need of an eggnog in South Africa (can neither confirm nor deny if eggnog can be found here) definitely leave a 10 – 15% tip for your service.
Depending on your destination, tipping can very quickly add up so it is worthwhile including in your holiday budget.
On the 12th day of Christmas, Travel Money NZ told me… to sell back leftover currency!
Bringing foreign bank notes back home? Don’t save them for a rainy day! Instead sell them back for NZ dollars and voila – some more cash to help ease those post-holiday blues (maybe buy another Christmas pudding?).
Looking for some more advice before you jet off? Speak to one our friendly experts today (they may even have a cracking pudding recipe for you**) – click here to find your nearest store.
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