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LittleRubgy (age 8 at the tiem of the trip) and I are off to Japan in September to watch some of the Rugby World Cup. I've been loosely planning this trip for a couple of years and am very excited to be headed to a part of the world I've never been.

I have the hotel and flights fully booked along with match tickets. I'm wondering: what is the best way to take spending funds overseas these days?

I recall when I was a kid my mum and dad would do a bunch of travelers cheques, and when I used to travel 15-20 years ago I would just buy some currency prior to departure from a local bank. What I have found recently is that my local banks here in Minnesota generally don't sell foreign currencies anymore. Should I just use my credit card and let them know I'm going overseas? Is there a better method these days? Using the exchange bureaus at airports always struck me as rather expensive.

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