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Top Foreign Currency Exchanges and Destinations

If you’re heading on an international adventure, there is a lot to think about. Of course, there’s booking a trip within your budget, making sure your passport is up to date and considering what to pack. You might want to brush up on a few phrases in the local language. You may even need to buy converters or adaptors for your electronics.

It’s also a good idea to have some of the local currency in your wallet. Did you know that AAA can turn your U.S. dollars into Japanese yen, Bulgarian lev, Kenyan shilling or the money of more than 70 other countries from Australia to Uruguay?*

Let’s take a look at the most common foreign currency exchanges made by AAA members, and where they are going to spend it.

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Top-Booked Destinations

After exchanging their money, this is where AAA members are going most.

The Azores

Comprised of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese Azores offer beauty and rich heritage. Portugal is one of 20 European countries that use the euro. The Azores are marked by breathtaking landscapes, including waterfalls, volcanos, vineyards, fields of blue hydrangeas and pristine beaches. It is also a perfect destination for climbers, hikers and surfers, earning it the name of Best Adventure Destination in the World in 2023 by the World Travel Awards. During your visit, try to spend a day at the World Heritage Site Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island, a critical port city dating back hundreds of years featuring a fortress, art treasures and several cathedrals.

Book your Azores Adventure.


Japan has used yen as currency since 1871, but its history goes back for centuries. The island nation is full of traditions and rituals, making its mark in technology. Visit the ultra-modern city of Tokyo, featuring the latest innovations, arts, music, theater, restaurants and even baseball. Travel to Kyoto, the country’s imperial capital for 1,000 years, and a haven for cultural traditions. The city is home to more than 1,000 temples. Visitors can also experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at one of scores of elegant tea houses. Take in a geisha performance, one of Japan’s oldest art forms. Japan’s third-largest city, Osaka, is known for its tasty street food and vibrant nightlife. Don’t forget to take a bullet train ride and snap a photo of Mt. Fuji!

Explore the Land of the Rising Sun.

Great Britain

Grab your pounds and get ready to explore Great Britain’s thousands of years of history. You could spend days just touring London, full of ancient architecture and sprinkled with world-famous shops and trendy restaurants. Stop by the Tower of London, a former palace and prison, to see the crown jewels. Not to be missed is Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, which offers singular views of the city. Outside of London, enjoy the countryside and iconic monuments such as Stonehenge. Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace and tour the Royal Shakespeare Theater. Not far away is Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, with castles to explore and renowned opera, theater and ballet to see.

Book a Great Britain tour.

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While U.S. dollars are accepted most places in Canada, it’s still good to have some “loonies” in your pocket, and a basic knowledge of French if you go to Quebec Province. For a taste of Europe on the same continent, visit Montreal and Quebec City. Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is the only fortified city north of Mexico. Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal) has preserved many buildings and its cobblestone streets dating back to 1642 and its days as a French colony. The bilingual city features cathedrals, museums, outdoor cafes, restaurants with mouth-watering fare and shopping streets that extend for eight city blocks. Explore Montreal’s Underground City, 20 miles of tunnels with 1,600 shops and connections to other malls, hotels and city buildings, designed to shield residents and tourists from the winter’s numbing cold.

If you feel like seeing the Canadian coasts by boat, cruise ships depart from either coast. Book a Norwegian Cruise Line tour of New England and Eastern Canada, to visit the Maritime provinces or head to the opposite coast and sail from British Columbia to Los Angeles or other cities on the U.S. west coast.

Book your trip to Canada.


After you convert your dollars to pesos, you’ll find plenty of places to spend them at popular beach destinations, including Cancun, the Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya region and Tulum. Enjoy soft-sand beaches, deep blue water off the shores of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Playa del Carmen also is known for its restaurants and colorful and unique street art. Visit Mayan ruins in Tulum, the only ones along the coast perched on a 45-foot cliff face. Nearby is Xel Ha, known as the world’s largest outdoor aquarium; a snorkeler’s paradise, it is teeming with fish of every color. 

Make memories in Mexico.

For more information on these and other destinations, contact your AAA travel advisor today.

*Please note, AAA does not conduct coin transactions.

One Thought on “Top Foreign Currency Exchanges and Destinations

  1. This was such a silly article !!!If you had indicated the best ways to change money where and how it x
    Could have helped !!!!!

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