I'm planning a three-month trip to the USA, starting in March, and was wondering what the best way to take my money was. As it's such a long period, with large sums involved (around £5,000 spending money), credit card handling fees look like they could take their toll. I was pointed in the direction of the Amex travellers chequs card, but this too has handling fees (I think) if the currency is not sterling. I'm pretty sure setting up a bank account over there is difficult without a permanent address, and I definately don't want to be carrying cash!
I thought I had found the solution with the Nationwide card, which offers 0% commission on foreign transactions - but even this charges to take money from ATMs, and also requires a monthly income which I won'y have - I'm quitting my current job to go!
What is the expert's opinion on this matter? I'm guessing some fees will have to be paid, but the question is how small can I make them?
Thanks in advance,