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    Right guys
    Iíve booked me the wife and kids up for Florida next year

    What I want to know is for cash what have you guys used in the USA?
    We have a Thomas Cook Lyk card that we use in Europe
    However Iím seeing people talking about a revoult card or a starling on line bank account.

    Anyone on here used either of the above or another type?
    If so what you used and what was the proís and conís.

    I know with revoult I can only withdraw £200 a month before an atm charge

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    We took a fair fx card once and loaded £2000 on to it.
    Everything was fine except I was always thinking how much have spent and how much is left.

    So we always just used cash and bank card after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    We took a fair fx card once and loaded £2000 on to it.
    Everything was fine except I was always thinking how much have spent and how much is left.

    So we always just used cash and bank card after that.
    My only
    Issue with using bank card is the charge for every transaction if we used it like at home


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    Yeah we are with Santander so it was about £1.60 each time we used it so most of our spends were cash.

    To be fair we always take around £3k with us between 5 of us and we get through some shopping and eat out every day and night.
    Been to Florida 8 times and even got married up the road in a place called winter gardens.

    We love florida but haven’t been since 2013 have to wait until the lad turns 4 now so another two years and we’re off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    Yeah we are with Santander so it was about £1.60 each time we used it so most of our spends were cash.

    To be fair we always take around £3k with us between 5 of us and we get through some shopping and eat out every day and night.
    Been to Florida 8 times and even got married up the road in a place called winter gardens.

    We love florida but havenít been since 2013 have to wait until the lad turns 4 now so another two years and weíre off.
    if you need tips just drop me an email.
    We are thinking about the same if not slightly more in cash as well as the kids taking there own cash too.
    We got breakfast included and already got the park tickets and car so cash is just food, fuel tolls etc and spending on clothes etc.


    Any info would be appreciated mate send me email address in pm and Iíll send you an email


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    Just looked at our last trip it’s been 6 years since we went and I think it’s changed a fair bit since we went.
    Where are you staying in a villa in the Kissimmee area or a hotel?
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    A great site for first timers [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    My missus was on there for years.

    and I have just been corrected we took £5k in cash and kids always had their own money we always spent every penny and needed to use bank card or credit card too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    A great site for first timers [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    My missus was on there for years.

    and I have just been corrected we took £5k in cash and kids always had their own money we always spent every penny and needed to use bank card or credit card too
    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    Just looked at our last trip itís been 6 years since we went and I think itís changed a fair bit since we went.
    Where are you staying in a villa in the Kissimmee area or a hotel?
    We are staying at
    Clarion suites main gate Kissimmee
    Was toying with the idea of taking it all in cash and having card as a back up.
    Other option is we take 75% cash and the rest on a card with option to add more to card via bank transfer etc


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    DONT buy tickets from any booths or get sucked into all the free ticket shit.

    Kissemee is nice we stayed there a lot if you get a chance go down to old town one evening it’s great lots to see and some quirky little shops.
    what parks are you doing and what ages are the kids?

    ours loved magic kingdom when they were little but not so much once they hit 12-13, universal studios is great if you are a coaster fan and islands of adventure is perfect for little ones.

    By far I think the best park in Florida is Epcot!
    kids love it so much to see and do and the monorail will take you to all the other Disney parks.
    Don’t get me wrong some stuff is outdated and needs changing but there are some really great things to do and see.

    The water parks are great you can’t beat them.
    shopping isn’t as great as it was when we went back in 2007 when the exchange rate was around $2 per £1 so everything was so cheap!
    Lots of malls and shopping outlets too many to list but I deffinately advise sat nav while your there.

    Im quite sad and really enjoyed the big Walmart’s and target stores.
    if you are a tea drinker take your own tea bags you can’t get a decent cup anywhere in the USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    DONT buy tickets from any booths or get sucked into all the free ticket shit.

    Kissemee is nice we stayed there a lot if you get a chance go down to old town one evening itís great lots to see and some quirky little shops.
    what parks are you doing and what ages are the kids?

    ours loved magic kingdom when they were little but not so much once they hit 12-13, universal studios is great if you are a coaster fan and islands of adventure is perfect for little ones.

    By far I think the best park in Florida is Epcot!
    kids love it so much to see and do and the monorail will take you to all the other Disney parks.
    Donít get me wrong some stuff is outdated and needs changing but there are some really great things to do and see.

    The water parks are great you canít beat them.
    shopping isnít as great as it was when we went back in 2007 when the exchange rate was around $2 per £1 so everything was so cheap!
    Lots of malls and shopping outlets too many to list but I deffinately advise sat nav while your there.

    Im quite sad and really enjoyed the big Walmartís and target stores.
    if you are a tea drinker take your own tea bags you canít get a decent cup anywhere in the USA.
    We are only doing Disney this time
    Kids will be 10,8 & 7 so know there going to love it all.

    I already know about the ticket sellers and booths went maybe 10/15 years ago when had a different other half but no kids.

    As for old town will definitely be going there as well as Vineland outlet for the shopping.
    Exchange rate I donít think will ever get back to $2-£1 which is shit but thatís life.

    Got google maps on my phone for the sat nav as well as one in the SUV we have hired so thatís not going to be a problem.

    Walmart is great for everything and will be a definite anyway as need some American candy and sodas to bring back too.

    Best part about this trip as with every other one we donít tell the kids we are going away till either night before or morning of


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    We went a few days after Xmas one year and wrapped the kids a suitcase each with $200 and each a ticket for discovery cove to swim with the dolphins
    they had a fit and even now they say it was the best Xmas ever!

    I think there’s actually a video of them on YouTube opening it all and it took a while to sink in as the youngest thought we were going to Spain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    We went a few days after Xmas one year and wrapped the kids a suitcase each with $200 and each a ticket for discovery cove to swim with the dolphins
    they had a fit and even now they say it was the best Xmas ever!

    I think thereís actually a video of them on YouTube opening it all and it took a while to sink in as the youngest thought we were going to Spain
    Last year we did it and didnít tell them till we had parked the car at Manchester airport

    Tried to video it but they just went into shock and didnít move at all

    They thought we where taking a picture and didnít want to move and spoil it they said


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    How do the Revolut and Monzo cards stack up in the US?

    They’ve both had their benefits for me travelling in Europe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Overdose View Post
    How do the Revolut and Monzo cards stack up in the US?

    Theyíve both had their benefits for me travelling in Europe.


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    Revolut will be good for the states as coverts to local currency and I used in Mexico in december.

    Iím going New Orleans in may so will use then and let you know.

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    Curve card.

    No need to load, excellent FX and free too.

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    We are headed back in June for visit number 15, and most probably our last as the bairns are growing up !
    We usually take some cash, but only about $100 or so per day, and everything else goes on cards.
    The Post Office mastercard and the Halifax Clarity cards are still the best non pre loaded, as they are commission free and purchases are calculated at banking rate not tourist rate.

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    I use Halifax clarity credit card for general spending and Revolut for cash withdrawals, also Revolut lets you load from £ account then just convert to other currencies if the rate spikes etc, forex trading in effect.

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