Departing a country and leftover currency


Many a traveler or backpacker is acquainted with the challenge of having enough money to cover his or her costs in a country while leaving with as little spare currency as possible.

We will often play the where-are-you-going-wanna-swap-cash game with other travelers. That gives us a bit to get our first bus or cab inn the next country.

From Mexico to Belize I had it measured perfectly, but then ended up with extra pesos which I swapped with someone Mexico-bound — and that gave me the perfect amount to depart Belize with.

From Belize to Honduras I thought I was perfect but later found a couple of extra dollars so I changed them upon arrival to Honduras — which gave me money for my first bus.

Leaving Honduras I thought I was doing well, then realized I am a whopping 74 Limpera (under $4) short on my share of the hotel bill. Can you imagine needing to use your ATM card for $4? The fees are higher than that. So my perfect record is out and I am 2 for 3. (I worked it out, but I can’t recall what I did.)

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