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The Aussie dollar rockets to a 15-month high above 71 cents

Yesterday, the Australian dollar pushed higher to hit a 15-month high. A softer US dollar helped propel the AUD/USD rate to 0.7181 before easing back about 0.5% this morning. The Aussie dollar managed to strengthen despite a rise in coronavirus cases both locally and in the US. The extension of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs by the federal government set a positive tone for the local currency which also move higher agains many other major currencies. While a higher AUD benefits Australians heading overseas, most locals can’t take advantage of it with international travel bans likely to remain in place […]

Currency in Vanuatu

Currency in Vanuatu

The 2021 Travel Money Guide to Currency in Vanuatu for Australians Vanuatu is one of our favourite South Pacific holiday destinations, thanks to its luxurious boutique hotels, enticing regional cuisine, wreck diving, blue hole explorations, and extravagant spa life. With more than 80 islands, Vanuatu has plenty to offer but this also complicates money matters when travelling around. The official currency of Vanuatu is the vatu and in many parts of Vanuatu, you’ll be relying on vatu cash for everything. Modern payment options, from ATMs and banks to card payments, are a rarity beyond the main cities. So in this […]

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The Australian Dollar hits 70 cents for just the third time in 2020

After weeks of flirting just short around 69 cents, the AUD/USD exchange has risen back above 70 cents for only the third time in of 2020. The Australian dollar traded between 0.6850 and 0.6950 for much of June and the first half of July before breaking higher. A mixture of higher commodity prices, particularly iron ore and a weaker US dollar was enough to finally crack through 70 cents. Against the other major currencies, the Aussie dollar has barely moved. In the last month, it has been largely unchanged against the British Pound, Euro, Japanese Yen and New Zealand Dollar.

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How Much Spending Money for Fiji in One & Two Weeks

Enjoy your days exploring some of the world’s most incredible soft coral reefs, resting up by the pool, and then sampling the local cuisine in a first-class establishment on one of Fiji’s 333 islands. Fiji has plenty to offer but with so many options – day snorkelling trips, multi-day cruises, sky diving packages, island-hopping, and more – it’s tricky to calculate how much spending money you need to make the most of your trip. On average, we recommend budgeting: FJ $1000 for budget per week FJ $2,200 for mid-range per week FJ $4,800 for luxury per week Only when you’ve […]

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The 5 Best Ways to Take Money to Fiji from Australia

It’s a fact. Australians love Fiji. We love Fiji so much that we account for 42% of the island nation’s annual visitors. After all, what’s not to love? Fiji tempts us with its stunning beaches, laid back culture, and crystalline waters. So how do you get the most out of this Soft Coral Capital of the World and its 300+ islands? Finding the right travel money options will help you make the most of your time away AND will save you money in the long run. The best ways to take money to Australia from Fiji? We recommend choosing at […]

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What Travel to NZ Will Look Like in a Trans Tasman Bubble

Since early May, there’s been talk of creating a NZ travel bubble, or trans-Tasman travel bubble, which would allow free movement between Australia and New Zealand in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. With the situation in each country continuously shifting, it’s been tricky to nail down any exact dates or confirmation that a trans-Tasman bubble will exist at all in the coming months. But the likelihood is that New Zealand WILL be the first international port of call for Australians when the blessed time comes for us to be able to travel overseas again. But though we look forward […]

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Why Every Currency Exchange Offers a Different Rate

If you’ve ever had to buy some foreign currency before a trip overseas, you probably noticed that every website has a different exchange rate. On top of this, no money changers seem to use the same rate as XE.com or Google. While it can be frustrating, knowing why each each exchange rate is different will help you not only find the best exchange rates, but also work out the cheapest way to buy your foreign currency. It comes down to money and the cost to get it to you. What is the online rate that I can see on Google […]

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Is It Cheaper to Buy Foreign Currency Online?

Compared to the traditional way of buying currency in person, ordering foreign currency online is usually cheaper. Money changers that have a retail store have to pay for rent, staff and insurance. Online money changers like S Money don’t have these large costs, making it easier to provide better exchange rates and lower fees. Buying foreign currency online is also a lot easier. Unlike physical stores, all exchange rates are displayed clearly so you know what you are going to pay. In most cases, you can also get your currency delivered to your door, saving you the hassle of driving […]

Currency in Fiji

Currency in Fiji

An Australian Travellers Money Guide to Currency Exchange in Fiji Fiji is just a short flight from the Australian east coast, making it a popular holiday destination for couples and families. And what’s not to love? You’ll be exploring white sand beaches, enjoying fresh coconuts, and snorkelling in reefs that earned Fiji the moniker the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”. A holiday destination like this deserves the utmost relaxation. So now is the time to read up on the currency in Fiji and find out the best travel money options for your trip. Our guide will help you figure […]

Currency in China

Currency in China

An Australian Travellers Money Guide to Currency Exchange in China You’ll have more than enough to wrap your head around with China’s different culture, language, customs, and lifestyle. Why not save yourself one less stress? It helps to get savvy about money matters in China before you go. This post covers everything from how and where to exchange currencies to the average costs of things in China. Read on to learn more about spending in China, including: What currency is used in China Converting Chinese currency to Australian dollars Currency exchange in China How to buy currency before you leave […]

Currency in Canada

Currency in Canada

An Australian Travellers Money Guide to Currency in Canada What’s not to love about Canada? Our northern hemisphere cousins boast incredible ski fields, vibrant cities, and stunning coastlines waiting to be explored. Your Canadian holiday will be a little easier if you’re familiar with the country’s money matters: what the local currency is, whether you can use US cash in Canada, and the best ways to pay (cash vs card). The local currency is the Canadian dollar, with the currency code CAD and the symbol $ (or CA$ internationally). With local prices bearing a striking resemblance to AUD, it’s easy […]

Currency in Singapore

Currency in Singapore

An Australian Travellers Money Guide to Currency Exchange in Singapore for 2021 Whether Singapore is your holiday destination or just a fun stopover on the way to somewhere else, the city-state will quickly capture your heart. Travelling can be a little stressful but with a little knowledge of the country’s money situation, your trip will go a lot more smoothly. Read on to learn more about the currency in Singapore and spending while you’re there, including: What currency is used in Singapore Converting Singapore currency to Australian dollars Currency exchange in Singapore How to buy currency before you leave Using […]

Currency in Bali, Indonesia

Currency in Bali Indonesia

The 2021 Travel Money Guide to Currency in Bali and Indonesia Bali is one of our most loved travel destinations but if this is your first trip, it’ll go a lot more smoothly if you’re informed about the currency in Bali. This guide is designed to get you up to speed with everything related to paying for things in Indonesia. You’ll learn: Which currency is used in Bali What currency in Bali looks like The average costs of things in Bali How the Bali currency converts Currency Exchange in Bali How to buy currency before you leave Using bank cards […]

The Australian dollar hits 70 cents for the first time since the start of 2020

The Australian dollar has risen back above 70 cents for only the second time since the first week of 2020. It has now recovered more than 20% since bottoming out in March when it fell below 58 cents. The amazing surge of the Australian dollar largely reflects a changing mood across global markets that not only is the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, but also that the impact will be less severe than previously forecast. The AUD has performed strongly, not just against the US dollar. It has risen sharply against most major currencies. The AUD to EUR exchange […]

2 Reasons the Australian dollar has charged higher above 69 cents

The Australian dollar (AUD) has charged higher to 69 cents against the US dollar. It is largely been driven by A weaker US dollar Strong iron ore prices A weaker US dollar During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US dollar got stronger and stronger. Fear griped the market, creating massive demand for US dollars and US dollar ‘safe haven’ assets like US treasuries. Since the middle of March, as infection rates in many western countries peaked, markets started to focus on the recovery. As conditions improved, markets became more optimistic, moving money back out of the US dollar, […]

Australian Dollar reaches a 3 month high on recovery hopes

In short The AUD/USD hits a 3 month high of 0.6675 as hopes for an economic recovery increase The Australian dollar is nearly 12 cents higher from its lows in late March The AUD has also rallied higher against the Euro, Yen and British Pound in the past 2 months Time Open Low High Today 0.6625 In the last week 0.6511 0.6675 In the last month 0.6376 0.6675 The Aussie dollar has made a remarkable recovery to hit a 3 month high against the US dollar at 0.6675. As the world entered the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, the Australian […]

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Currency in Thailand

An Australian Travellers Money Guide to Thailand If you’re one of the roughly 800,000 Australians heading to Thailand this year, you’ll undoubtedly want to get the most out of your holiday. Whether you’re heading to Phuket, enjoying a stopover in Bangkok, or ready to explore the mountains near Chiang Mai, your trip will go a lot more smoothly if you’re up to speed on Thailand’s currency and payment systems. But these are only superficial details. With this guide, you’ll learn plenty more about money matters in Thailand, including: What currency in Thailand looks like Converting Thai currency to Australian dollars […]

Best Ways to Exchange Currency

How to Get the Best Exchange Rate for Foreign Currency in Australia

When you’re planning a trip abroad, it’s important that your travel money goes as far as possible. Finding the best currency exchange rates means you’ll have more to spend. You have a lot of options when it comes to exchanging currency, but here are the best ways to get a better rate: Order online instead of going to a store If you do head into a store, ask for a better exchange, particularly if you are exchanging more than $1000 Always shop around to get the best currency exchange rates, as they make a big difference in how much travel […]