I would say most of us have figured out the tricks of savvy traveling by now. You know how to avoid baggage fees and waiting at baggage claim by not checking your bag until you’re planeside – and the agents are offering to check your bag for free and have it ready for you when you exit the aircraft, which is the best of both worlds, isn’t it? You wear lightweight travel gear and comfortable shoes. You know to use travel sizes for toiletries and pack them well in a ziplock bag. You even bring an extra battery for your laptop. But when it comes to handling your money abroad, it’s often the last thing we think about. “Hey, I’ve already budgeted for it,” you think. But what about exchanging currency? And is your credit card going to be accepted everywhere you travel? Although you’ll probably be fine for the most part, but you will come across a few places no matter where you go that would prefer to be paid in local currency. One way that you can avoid encountering any payment issues when you are traveling or living abroad is by considering international bank accounts to transfer money safely between your domestic account and international account.
If you are moving abroad or travel abroad frequently, an international account could save you in fees and transaction costs and make calculating expenses simpler by dealing in only one currency.You’ll potentially save plenty of money by avoiding additional foreign ATM withdrawal fees. I’ve always had a good habit of thinking about my smallest expenses…I know those $2 charges can add up. And if I can avoid a $2 charge at the ATM or for a transaction fee, then I can either save $2 or spend it on something delicious, like churros con chocolate in Madrid or a cherry tart in Paris. So to recap, here are a few good reasons to consider using an international bank account for your next move or trip abroad:
- You can save on transaction fees and ATM charges.
- Your account and all of your transactions can use the local currency.
- You can deposit checks using the local currency.
- You can take advantage of using multiple currencies in one account.