Money & budgeting

January 1, 2016

What’s the best currency to bring?
The best exchange rate is usually given for US dollars cash, irrespective of local currency. Try to bring a mix of smaller and larger bills, and be aware that US$100 bills may not be accepted, owing to forgery. Travellers’ cheques and credit cards can be used but there are limited opportunities – if at all in some countries – and exchange rates vary widely.

What is the local payment fee?
Some tours include a local payment fee. Where it applies, the local payment is used to pay for group expenses such as food, highlights such as national park entry, accommodation and the like. This must be paid in cash when you embark on your trip; or if applicable at the pre-departure meeting. Please note that this payment may increase. If this is the case we will advise you before your trip.

How do I go about budgeting?
Be sure to budget for the optional activities that you wish to participate in, e.g. bungee jumping, quad biking, dolphin cruises, and the like. An estimated pricing is shown in the detailed trip itinerary.
As a basic guide, US$20 is recommended as a daily allowance for snacks, alcohol and bottled drinks. Tips are expected; in general you can work on US$1 for e.g. a guest house worker or waitron, and upwards depending on the service given.