Author: Kevin Buckley

Around the world in 10 currencies with Cash Passport

Heading overseas this Summer? Our Regional Manager and travel guru Kev Buckley swears by the Multi-currency Cash Passport when travelling. He takes you on a quick trip around the world with the 10 currencies available on a Cash passport. 

Travelling overseas? A Multi Currency Cash Passport is a convenient and secure travel card online, in store or to withdraw cash in local currencies at ATMs when travelling overseas. It works like a credit card or ATM card but for your safety and security it isn’t linked to your own accounts. Best of all you can load your card before you go with up to ten currencies. Let’s take a trip to 10 countries that use one of the 10 currencies you can load on your cash passport.

British Pounds: England

Capital: London

Airport: Heathrow International Airport

A top Hotel: The Milestone Hotel, London

5 must see places:

  • London - Big Ben, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square
  • Historic towns - Bath, Oxford and York
  • The Lakes District
  • Liverpool – home of the Beatles
  • Iconic sporting grounds – Lords, Wimbledon, Old Trafford and Anfield

Say hello: Good day

Eat: Pudding, chips and mushy peas

Drink: Gin; warm beer


Canadian Dollars: Canada

Capital: Ottawa

Airport: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

A top hotel: Stirling Inn and Spa (Niagara Falls)

5 must see places

  • Vancouver
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Montreal
  • Niagara Falls

Say hello: Hello, hi, hey

Eat: Pancakes with maple syrup

Drink: Canadian Whisky


Euro: Italy

Capital: Rome

Airport: Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Rome)

A top hotel: Hotel de Russie, Rome

5 must see places:

  • Rome – The Spanish Steps, The Coliseum, The Trevi Fountain
  • Pompeii
  • Venice
  • Lake Como
  • Tuscany – Florence, the leaning Tower of Pisa, Sienna

Say hello: Ciao

Eat: Everything – including great pizza and pasta

Drink: Grappa or Vino (wine)


Japanese YEN: Japan

Capital: Tokyo

Airport: Narita International Airport

A top hotel: Mandarin Hotel, Tokyo

5 must see places:

  • Tokyo – The Imperial Palace, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Tower
  • Osaka
  • Mt Fuji
  • Golden Pavillion
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Say hello: Konnichiwa

Eat: Sushi, soba noodles and sashimi

Drink: Sake (rice wine)


Hong Kong Dollars: Hong Kong

Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Airport: Chek Lap Kok Airport

A top hotel: The Langham

5 must see places:

  • Victoria Peak
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Kowloon – Nathan Road, Bird market and Ladies Market
  • Victoria Harbour – a ride on the Star Ferry
  • Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Say hello: nǐ hǎo

Eat: Dim Sum

Drink: Chinese tea


New Zealand Dollar: New Zealand

Capital: Wellington (not Auckland)

Airport: Wellington International Airport

A top hotel: Bolton Hotel, Wellington

5 must see places:

  • Auckland
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Rotorua
  • Bay of Islands

Say hello: Hey bro

Eat: Lamb – everywhere you look there are sheep.

Drink: L&P (Lemon & Paeroa) is the unique national soft drink; or some great wine


Singapore Dollars: Singapore

Capital: Singapore

Airport: Changi (a tourist attraction in itself)

A top hotel: Raffles Hotel

5 must see places:

  • The Merlion
  • Sentosa Island
  • Marina Bay -  Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay
  • Singapore Zoo
  • Jurong Bird Park

Say hello: nǐ hǎo (Chinese) or apa kabar (Malay)

Eat: Singapore Chilli Crab

Drink: A Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel (Gin, Cherry Brandy, Cointreau, Bénédictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, lemon juice, Angostura bitters).


Thai Baht: Thailand

Capital: Bangkok

Airport: Suvarnabhumi Airport

A top hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

5 must see places:

  • Bangkok– The Grand Palace, Temple of the Golden Buddah, Chao Phraya River
  • Phuket
  • Krabi
  • Chang Mai or Chang Rai
  • Koh Samui

Say hello: sawasdee ka (if you’re a woman) or sawasdee krap (if you’re a man)

Eat: Curries, Pad Thai, Yam Nua

Drink: Thai beer


US Dollars: United States

Capital: Washington DC

Airport: Dulles International Airport

A top hotel: The Sherry-Netherland Hotel, New York

5 must see places:

  • Washington – The White House, Smithsonian, Memorials
  • New York –Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Times Square, Ground Zero
  • San Francisco – Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Las Vegas – casinos and he Grand Canyon
  • Great national parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite

Say hello: Hello, howdy, hi, hey

Eat: Anything you want, beware large portions and all you can eat buffets

Drink: Bourbon


Australian Dollars: Australia

Capital: Canberra (not Sydney or Melbourne)

Airport: Charles Kingsford Smith Airport. Sydney

A top hotel: Park Hyatt, Sydney

5 must see places (only 5?):

  • Sydney – the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Bondi Beach
  • Melbourne – shopping, St Kilda, MCG
  • Canberra – National War Memorial, Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Gold Coast – beaches and the “worlds”

Say hello: G’day

Eat: A steak on the BBQ

Drink: Great beer and wine


What a trip! The Greater can help you to get the right travel money option for your overseas holiday as well as your other necessary travelling companion – a travel insurance policy. Let the experts at The Greater take the stress out of that final bit of planning your holiday. Call into your nearest branch or phone 1300 651 400.