May 13th, 2007

thinky tim

Please advise

Anyone out there have advice on money matters for international travel?

As some of you know, I'm going to London with zinjadu next month, and I'm trying to figure out how to handle money for the trip. I'm sorting through the options of credit cards, travelers checks, ATMs, plain old cash ... and trying to juggle all that with considerations about conversion rates, overseas fees, and security are making my eyes cross. If anyone out there has experience with international travel (particularly U.S. to UK) and can give me some tips, I would be eternally grateful.

ETA for personal reference:
-Citibank charges 3% on international transactions
-Visa charges 1% on international transactions
-bank charges 1% on international withdrawals and debit transactions
-$2 for using foreign ATM [may be changed in near future]