Really important things that are all settled and ready to go:
- Match tickets
Not so important things that are all settled and ready to go:
- Outfits coordinated by game
- Skype tutoring for parental units
- Purchasing of various patriotic paraphernalia
Not so important things that are not settled or ready to go:
- In-flight DVD-based entertainment: Dexter, Friday Night Lights, True Blood, Mad Men?
- Stockpiling of protein bars
- Upgrading of Flickr account
- Creation of matching, bedazzled t-shirts to wear on the airplane because we’re fabulous and coordinated like that
Really, really important things that are not settled or ready to go and we leave in less than two weeks so it is time to PANIC:
- Cash money
We can exchange money. And have to carry around a bunch of cash and get totally ripped off every time we exchange at a bank or an exchange counter. Or mildly ripped off while paying a foreign ATM fee every time we make a withdrawal. (Which would be often, I’m guessing, because we won’t want to carry around too much cash.)
We can use plastic. Credit card companies are apparently a little closer to the market rate when they convert the funds. And then the make up for that odd display of fairness by tacking on a 3% foreign transaction fee. Wheee! Jerks.
We can get travelers checks. Which are…what, exactly? I’m pretty sure that the travelers check is almost obsolete and I’m not confident that a significant number of local businesses would even accept them. Which means we’d have to go to the bank. Which means: annoying.
We can might be able to get a SA Travel Card. According to a press release about the SA Travel Card:
“Once money is loaded onto the card, it gives cardholders instant access to cash from any ATM across the country, and allows them to pay for goods and services wherever the Visa logo is displayed. All transactions performed with the card are free of charge.
The card is valid only in South Africa but the remaining balance on the SA Travel Card can be converted upon departure into the visitor’s currency of choice at any one of the Absa Bureaux de Change.”
This option is awfully tempting, but apparently isn’t something that I will be able to arrange until we’re physically in South Africa. (Don’t these people know that I need to PLAN?!) There isn’t much information about the card available online, which is terribly frustrating because I can’t research the subject to death if I have nothing to go on!
So, dear friends and family, who wants to figure out this situation for me? Uncle Rob? Grandpa Dan? Anyone?