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local payment

Postby retireme » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:38 am

hi there,
i am interested in africa mostly and the trips i like have two payments. well all trips seem to have it. but in africa the trip i looked at - southern africa overland - cost $3000 plus $950 for a local payment.

do i have to bring $950 to africa with me? no way i am doing that. if i get robbed ill be broke. i can not even take that much out of the bank machine at home, so i could not do that in africa. maybe i can pay by credit card, but i dont want that big expense on my cards while travelling.

anybody know how to avoid this? thanks!!
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Postby LadyBird » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:33 pm

Local payments need to be paid for in cash only.

When I went on my trip, I took the money out at the airport, and when I got to the hotel, I got them to put it in the hotel safe right away. I then picked up the money right before the meeting with the tour leader.

It worked out fine for me.
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Local Payment.

Postby Rami » Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:49 am

No need to worry about the local payment. As long as you deposit the money in the hotel safe you will be fine. Dont go out with loads of cash on you just to be safe. Also when you arrive dont keep all your cash in the same place. for example put some in your wallet and some in your day pack and even some in your big back pack. That way if your unlucky enough to get robed or have something stolen you dont loose it all. There are leather belts you can buy that have a concealed zip in them that you can push cash in.
Plus you can always use ATM's but not for US$ only local cash.
Hope these suggestion help.
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Postby Writer and Nomad » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:47 am

i say follow the advice above. you have to have the local payment in cash. if it says u.s. dollars, you have to have it in u.s. dollars. take it with you to avoid the trouble of having to get u.s. dollars when you get there.
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Postby Sierra_Travels » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:32 pm

If your departure is from a large city, you may want to consider traveller's cheques; that way, if they are stolen, generally you are protected by the issuing cheque company (Amex, etc). Then you can take those cheques to a major local bank, or the money exchange in the airport, and have them exchanged for US dollars.
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Postby Hadleycat » Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:56 pm

I too went with the same worry. If you keep the money in a money belt until you get to a hotel safe or meet the tour leader you should be fine. Just use common sense and don't go looking for trouble. Remember everyone else is in the same boat as you. We did 2 different tours and had to carry around a huge amount of money for the first 9 or 10 days. Everything turned out fine.
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