Currency exchange

If you find yourself in a situation where you forgot to order your money ahead of time, don’t worry because there are other ways to get foreign money, but the best option is to order it ahead of time! I usually go to my bank 2-3 months before my trip and order the money that I need, but some banks are limited on the money they offer and almost everyone charges a fee. I have found that banks charge the least amount of fees and you can order it in the mail, or order it for pick up. Most banks will allow you to exchange your U.S. dollars for foreign currency if you bank with them.

You can always order your money at the airport during your departure from the US, or after your arrival to the country your going to. One problem I have found is that the money exchange office at the airport isn’t always open, especially if you are flying very early or very late in the day. You can also find money exchange places throughout the city you are flying into, but if you are unfamiliar with the city, it may become a difficult task.

Another option would be to use your credit cards, which most places will accept, but you should notify your credit card company of your travel plans ahead of time, so they don’t put a freeze on your credit card. You may also be charged foreign transaction fees on all of your purchases. You might even be able to find an ATM machine to withdraw money from during your trip, but my suggestion is, order your money ahead of time before you leave the US!

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” -James W. Frick

Kira lane

Creative Director

places that take


European euro

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Aland Islands 
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain

places that take


united states dollars

  • America Samoa
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Caribbean Netherlands
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saba
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Wake Island
  • Zimbabwe

places that take


other currencies

  • Afghanistan – Afghan Afghani
  • Albania – Albanian lek
  • Algeria – Algerian dinar
  • Angola – Angolan Kwanza
  • Anguilla – East Caribbean Dollar
  • Antigua/Barbuda – East Caribbean Dollar
  • Argentina – Argentine peso
  • Armenia – Armenian dram
  • Aruba – Aruban florin
  • Ascension Island – St. Helena Pound
  • Australia – Australian dollar
  • Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan Manat
  • Bahamas – Bahamian dollar
  • Bahrain – Bahraini dinar
  • Bangladesh – Bangladeshi taka
  • Barbados – Barbadian dollar
  • Belarus – Belarusian ruble
  • Belize – Belize dollar
  • Benin – West African franc
  • Bermuda – Bermudian dollar
  • Bhutan – Bhutanese ngultrum
  • Bolivia – Bolivian boliviano
  • Bosnia/Herzegovina – Bosnia/Herzegovina convertible mark
  • Botswana – Botswana pula 
  • Brazil – Brazilian real
  • Brunei – Brunei dollar
  • Bulgaria – Bulgarian lev
  • Burkina Faso – West African franc
  • Burundi – Burundi franc
  • Cabo Verde – Cape Verdean escudo
  • Cambodia – Cambodian riel
  • Cameroon – Central African franc
  • Canada – Canadian dollar
  • Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands dollar
  • Chad – Central African franc
  • Chatham Islands – New Zealand dollar
  • Chile – Chilean peso
  • China – Chinese Yuan Renminbi
  • Colombia – Colombian peso
  • Comoros – Comorian franc
  • Congo – Congolese franc
  • Costa Rica – Costa Rican colon
  • Croatia – Croatian kuna
  • Czechia – Czech koruna
  • Denmark – Danish krone
  • Dijbouti – Dijboutian franc
  • Dominica – East Caribbean dollar
  • Dominican Republic – Dominican peso
  • Egypt – Egyptian pound
  • Eritrea – Eritrean nakfa
  • Eswatini – Swazi Lolangeni
  • Ethiopia – Ethiopian birr
  • Falkland Islands – Falkland Islands pound
  • Faroe Islands – Faroese krona
  • Fiji – Fijian dollar
  • French Polynesia – CFP franc
  • Gambia – Gambian dalasi
  • Georgia – Georgian lari
  • Ghana – Ghanaian cedi
  • Gibraltar – Gibraltar pound
  • Greenland – Danish krone
  • Grenada – East Caribbean dollar
  • Guatemala – Guatemala quetzal
  • Guernsey – Guernsey Pound
  • Guinea – Guinean franc
  • Guyana – Guyanese dollar
  • Haiti – Haitian gourde
  • Honduras – Honduran lempira
  • Hong Kong – Hong Kong dollar
  • Hungary – Hungarian forint
  • Iceland – Icelandic krona
  • India – Indian rupee
  • Indonesia – Indonesian rupiah
  • Iran – Iranian rial
  • Iraq – Iraqi dinar
  • Isle of Man – Manx pound
  • Israel – Israeli new shekel
  • Jamaica – Jamaican dollar
  • Japan – Japanese yen
  • Jordan – Jordanian dinar
  • Kazakhstan – Kazakhstani tenge
  • Kenya – Kenyan shilling
  • Kuwait – Kuwaiti dinar
  • Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstani som
  • Laos – Lao kip
  • Lebanon – Lebanese pound
  • Lesotho – Lesotho loti
  • Liberia – Liberian dollar
  • Libya – Libyan dinar
  • Liechtenstein – Swiss franc
  • Madagascar – Malagasy ariary
  • Malawi – Malawian kwacha
  • Malaysia – Malaysian ringgit
  • Maldives – Maldivian rufiyaa
  • Mauritania – Mautitanian ouguiya
  • Mauritius – Mauritian rupee
  • Mexico – Mexican peso
  • Moldova – Moldovan leu
  • Mongolia – Mongolian tugrik
  • Montserrat – East Caribbean dollar
  • Morocco – Moroccan dirham
  • Mozambique – Mozambican metical
  • Myanmar – Myanmar kyat
  • Namibia – Namibian dollar
  • Nepal – Nepalese rupee
  • New Zealand – New Zealand dollar
  • Nicaragua – Nicaraguan cordoba
  • Nigeria – Nigerian naira
  • North Korea – North Korean won
  • North Macedonia – Macedonian denar
  • Norway – Norwegian krone
  • Oman – Omani rial
  • Pakistan – Pakistani rupee
  • Palestine – Israeli new shekel
  • Papua New Guinea – Papua New Guinean kina
  • Paraguay – Paraguayan guarani
  • Peru – Peruvian sol
  • Philippines – Philippine peso
  • Pitcairn – New Zealand dollar
  • Poland – Polish zloty
  • Qatar – Qatari riyal
  • Romania – Romanian leu
  • Russia – Russian ruble
  • Rwanda – Rwandan franc
  • St. Helena – St. Helena pound
  • St. Kitts/Nevis – East Caribbean dollar
  • St. Lucia – East Caribbean dollar
  • St. Vincent/The Grenadines – East Caribbean dollar
  • Samoa – Samoan tala
  • Sao Tome/Principe – Sao Tome/Principe dobra
  • Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia riyal
  • Serbia – Serbian dinar
  • Seychelles – Seychellois rupee
  • Sierra Leone – Sierra Leonean leone
  • Singapore – Singapore dollar
  • Solomon Islands – Solomon Islands dollar
  • Somalia – Somali shilling
  • South Africa – South Africa rand
  • South Georgia Island – pound sterling
  • South Korea – South Korean won
  • South Sudan – South Sudanese pound
  • Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan rupee
  • Suriname – Surinamese dollar
  • Svalbard/Jan Mayen – Norwegian krone
  • Sweden – Swedish krona
  • Switzerland – Swiss krona
  • Syria – Syrian pound
  • Taiwan – New Taiwan dollar
  • Tajikistan – Tajikistani somoni
  • Tanzania – Tanzanian shilling
  • Thailand – Thai baht
  • Tonga – Tongan pa’anga
  • Trinidad/Tobago – Trinidad/Tobago dollar
  • Tristan da Cunha – Pound sterling
  • Tunisia – Tunisian dinar
  • Turkey – Turkish lira
  • Turkmenistan – Turkmen manat
  • Tuvalu – Australian dollar
  • Uganda – Ugandan shilling
  • Ukraine – Ukrainian hryvnia
  • United Arab Emirates – UAE dirham
  • United Kingdom – Pound sterling
  • Uruguay – Uruguayan peso
  • Uzbekistan – Uzbekistani som
  • Vanuatu – Vanuatu vatu
  • Venezuela – Venezuelan bolivar
  • Vietnam – Vietnamese dong
  • Yemen – Yemeni rial
  • Zambi – Zambian kwacha