Keeping money safe / take US Dollar from UK?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 5:03 AM Last Post By: boyhowdy
Nov 29, 2012 2:34 AM
Keeping money safe / take US Dollar from UK?I'm hoping to get a quick reply as my flight leaves in a couple of days. I'm in the UK and iv got some U.S. dollars not enough for my 3 month stay, but realised perhaps its better to get more now than later?
Once my dollars run out then I'll be down to just using my card or buying pesos?
Also if you take a large amount in cash, any advice for keeping this safe day to day, are safes / lockers in hostels safe enough.
I wouldn't walk around in the UK with so much cash on my, so i'm not going too feel comfortable in South America with that even hidden on my person.
Any advice very welcome.
Thanks in advance!
Nov 29, 2012 8:03 AM
Nov 29, 2012 12:26 PM
2When your dollars run out you can use xoom that gives you rate very close to black market minus commision. Being from UK you have to pay with your card, then it will be converted into USD and from USD xoom will give you just bellow 6 pesos
Still much better option than simply using ATMs
Depedns where you stay you can also make a day trip to Uruguay or Bolivia where you can simply withdraw USD from ATM
NEVER part with your money, I had $7000 with me on my first South American tour, but I had it in my trousers all the time in internal pocket
I suggest using something similar or at least a money belt, if you stay in hostel dorm I suggest even sleeping with the money, but I would avoid having any excessive amount of cash if you don't have your own room
Few bucks savings is not worth it - just get your room and you'll be fine, of course never leave your money there
How about not talking nonsense about things you have no idea about?
None of the ATMs in Argentina dispense USD nor it is possible to obtain it in legal way.
Edited by: banjanti_respawn
Nov 29, 2012 1:03 PM
3I certainly haven't come across a method of getting usd from an ATM in Argentina. My guess is if one could you would do so and then turn around and sell it on the black market at a handsome 33% profit. There is a way of changing pesos legitimately back into USD but it's a few forms and you must keep the receipt from here you got the pesos from in the first place. It's not a straightforward or quick process.
We're in Argentina for a few months and have brought enough usd to last us out. Pickpocketing is a problem but found any form of money belt and common sense (walking around dodgy areas on the dark) to be a non concern with so much cash.
If you do run out pop over to Uruguay or chile and you'll get usd from some (not all) ATMs. Some will give more than others and charge different fees as well.
Nov 29, 2012 1:24 PM
Nov 30, 2012 5:03 AM
5You might want to look at the responses to an earlier posting: US Dollars in Argentina (posted Nov. 22).
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