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Studying abroad in Australia #WeSwapWisdom

Whether it’s for the white-sand beaches of the Gold Coast, Sydney‘s iconic architecture, the hipster cafes and tap-rooms of Melbourne or the fact that you don’t need to learn another language, UK students looking for an overseas study adventure continue to flock to Australia in their droves. Though it may be easier to acclimatise to the language barrier (just remember, thongs are something entirely different over there) getting to grips with student finances once you’re down under can still be a little tricky.

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How Much Spending Money Do I Need For Santorini?

Santorini is sadly most famous for being the location of one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions Earth has ever witnessed. But these days it’s much more famous for delicious food, black beaches and too many tourists in summer.  This island has a lot more to offer though than your typical tourist spot on the Med. There are chic art galleries, microbreweries and a host of delightful fishing villages and local tavernas for those willing to look for them.

There are also, obviously, lots of ruins.

So we’ve taken all this into account, gathered real data from real travellers, consulted the WeSwap family and come up with this guide on just how much spending money you’ll need for a trip to Santorini. Read More

   
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HOW BEST TO MANAGE MONEY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Baht, Riel, Dong, Kip, Kyat, The Mighty Dollar, ATMs that charge, ATMs that don’t, ATMs that aren’t ATMs, Western Unions, street corner currency exchanges, stolen cards…

Managing money while travelling across South East Asia (we’ll call this SEA for now) can and will make your head hurt. You’re navigating a number of different currencies with wildly different exchange rates, the countries’ have an (often unfair) reputation for fraud and theft, your contactless card is suddenly of no use and single streets can appear to house ten different micro-economies.

This, however, shouldn’t stop you from visiting the world’s original backpacker destination. You just need to a bit of forward planning. You just need to write five custom-made blogs on how to manage your money in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Read More

   
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How Best to Manage your Money in Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar has only been open to tourists since 2012 but in that time the ease at which tourists and their money have been able to move around the country has increased rapidly. There are ATMs all over the place, bigger hotels now take credit cards and an ever-evolving Wi-Fi network means you can transfer money online more places than ever.

However, like any developing nation, there are still hiccups here and there, so we’ve written this blog to avoid those hiccups. Consider it holding your breath (or your chosen method of hiccup removal) in blog form. Read More

   
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