Foreign Currency: Learn About It Before You Travel

Aug 5th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

If you are traveling abroad to other countries you will need to know the value of the dollar overseas.  Seniors, you probably understand this better than most.  Google can give it to you very easily as well as your local bank.  Onda has one of the easiest to use as well as XE which converts very well and quickly for the world value of the dollar.

Below I am going to challenge seniors to see which of the currencies they can match with the correct country.  The WSJ has this listing daily and so you can find  the answers there if you subscribe to the paper.  Unless you are a foreign diplomat or a US Treasury official, I’ll be that you won’t get many correct, but good luck just the same. I managed to guess just four. I could have put in a PESO,FRANC and a EURO just to help out…but I didn’t, so you’ll have to “rough it” and just plain guess. Try covering up the answers first and note that the currencies most often  go in alphabetical order with the countries from A to Z. Once you have gone through the process, start over and see if you do any better the second time through.  Looks like a foreign language to me.

So in which country are the following used:
dinar, pula, escudo, pound, birr, dalasi, cedi, maloti, ariary, kwacha, ougulya (yes, these really are foreign currencies folks…), rupee, dirham, naira, dobra, lilangeni, tenge, kip, pataca, ringgit, ruflyaa, kyat, sul rial, rial, baht and the dong.

So how did you do?  Answers below…
Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde,  England & Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia & Zambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Swaziland, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam.

So…how did you do?  I would imagine that it might even be a little challenge just finding those countries on a globe, right?  Would be for me anyway. Aren’t they just about the weirdest names for currency you have ever seen?  I kinda like the words “dollar”, “euro”, and “pound.” Don’t you too?  jeb



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