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dhicks Mar 11th, 2014 02:07 PM

HS Seniors in Finland and the Baltics - How to plan their spending
My 17 yr. old twins are traveling through Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to sing in beautiful cathedrals with their HS chorale group over Easter. I understand Finland and Estonia use the euro, but Latvia and Lithuania each have their own currency. They will only need currency for small purchases like lunches/cafes and souvenirs. What is the simplest & safest form of currency or credit/debit card for them to carry? Thanks to all!!

CarolA Mar 11th, 2014 03:06 PM

Overall the best method is a debit card tied to a bank account if they have one. I can understand not wanting to give 17 year olds access to your bank account, so if they don't have an account of their on you might look into seting one up.

Another option is othe AAA Travel Card. The travel card has some higher fees, but also allows you to reload if needed from your home. Several girls in my teen group used it and it worked well for them.

greg Mar 11th, 2014 03:52 PM

If you are from the U.S., open a separate joint checking account with them and give them the debit card. If you do this at your existing bank, you can transfer fund easily. You can load in lump some or as needed basis.

dhicks Mar 12th, 2014 04:04 AM

Thank you for the advice.

drlaz Jun 4th, 2014 05:45 PM

Latvia switched to the Euro on 1/1/2014, but as the trip is over, they know by now.

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