Subject: Re: Getting currency for travel
Hello Ziners,

I'm still considering the money issue, US dollars and European euros. When I went to Eastern Europe in 2000, all I took was US dollars and when in E. Europe I changed my money at an exchange office. I usually had enough in E. European currency (it changed throughout five countries) to get by for a few days. Usually it was enough for the time I would be in one particular country. And, of course, I still had my stash of US dollars kept on my person. I really don't want to spend my time in lines or looking for ATMs.

I'm wondering if it just might be worth it to do the same sort of thing when going to Germany. I'd start out with $100 or $200 worth of euros from the US, get to Munich and exchange more dollars for euros, probably at a bank. I know a couple of the hotels/pensions

I'm staying at will not accept credit cards, so I'll need plenty of euros. I could get an ATM card for emergencies only and carry a couple of credit cards for hotel bills, large purchases (which I don't plan on), and emergencies. Basically, I'm trying to eliminate traveler's checks and using the ATMs. I know there is a risk in carrying cash, but it seems like there's some risk in carrying the plastic too.

What do you think? Is this plan reasonable?

Sincerely, majeba (Barbara) Rawlins, WY (where everything outside has turned white)