Hi. Is it a good idea to purchase Euros before leaving the states? If so does anyone know of a bank that doesn't charge to exchange them? Two years ago I exchanged them at a Bank of America for no charge with an account but now they are charging $7.50. I suppose there is another $7.50 to exchange any left over Euros. Thanks.
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I'm never comfortable landing in a country without currency. I think the answer to your question would depend on where you live. Here in Vancouver I have a fantastic exchange place that doesn't charge a fee and their exchange rates are soooo much better than a bank. I buy Euros every pay when I know we're going on a trip and then use an ATM when needed in Europe. Check some of the currency exchange rate places if you live in a big city.