Holiday Money- do you rely on Travellers Cheques,Credit cards,or "Cash"?

Omagh, Northern Ireland
May 28, 2008 8:48am CST
An English Family in Turkey tried to exchange £100 at a local Bureau de Change-It was discovered the Cash was counterfeit,they were in possession of what Police say was nearly £1000 of it,the Parents are being held in Prison while the case is Investigated,and their Children are being looked after by Friends..Have you ever been stung with dud Money? Thanks for responses!
2 responses
• United States
29 May 08
If I have been stuck with funny money, I don't know about it. I am always quick to say when I see a store clerk checking a large bill that I can tell them exactly where I got the bill from if its fake. Because if it is, then we both have a bone to pick with them!!!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
28 May 08
Oh my! I feel so sorry for the English family and think that whislt shops can test money to see it is real then ordinary people can get forged notes and not realize this. Luckily this has never happened to me. When I went around Europe aged 18 I took traveler's cheques and a small amount of money for each country that I went to. Especially in Sweden I founf banks charged a lot for cashing each traveler's cheque. Since then I have discovered the wonder of relying on cash and a debit card. This works so well and I haven't had any problems with this. When I was in Guatemala I hid my money in five different places because getting mugged there is a possiblity. When I was in Bugaria the notes were old and in poor condition. One of them ripped in half so I bought so sellotape to put it back together again before spending it in a shop. When I went to Italy it had taken far longer than I had expected to get to the airport. I rushed to the departure lounge and then got on the plane. So this meant that I arrived without any Italian money. Surprisingly the airport was tiny and the exchange desk was closed. So I did a deal with another traveler and then was able to buy a bus ticket. I found a bank in the capital of Sardina but every time I tried to walk into the bank the door closed on me! I later found out that had to put my luggage in a locker including my hand bag. It was a relief to be able to get the money I needed for my holiday.