By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I'm planning an overseas trip this fall and would like to find out exchange rates before I leave home.

A: Once you've pinned down your destination, you'll be well on your way to finding out the best exchange rate. Foreign exchange services are offered by such travel companies as Thomas Cook or by international banks.

If you're surfing the Internet, Xenon Laboratories ( provides rates on over 180 currencies for 250 nations while Oanda ( lists currency rates that you can easily download, print out and store in your wallet.


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