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Old 19-08-2004, 11:15   #1
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My question is this, While out doing serious cruising how do you keep your money, Do you have it all in cash or do you keep some cash and use credit cards, Travelers checks, Do destinations in the south pacific have banks, and money exchange? I know this is a broad question with lots of answers but anything will help.
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Old 19-08-2004, 12:43   #2
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There are many answers to this one. We cruised round the world for 10 years (arrived back in the UK end 2003).

We learned to always keep a supply of US dollars hidden on the boat (see our webpage re hiding money from pirates here )

US dollars are still THE international currency for large parts of the world. We also used travellers cheques to start with but soon gave up on that, not that easy to cash in many out of the way places. Credit cards and cash machine cards, again can be variable, depending on location.

In the latter part of the trip we tried to keep a supply of cash that would last to the next "big" place that would have a bank. Hotels are another source for getting cash with a credit card, also sometimes traders may cash on credit cards if you are buying plenty of stuff from them.

In summary, keep US dollars cash to get you to the next port that is likely to have good facilities, BUT hide it well....see above link.
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