Don’t Travel with Ripped Bills
Many foreign countries will accept US dollars and in some countries, they’re even the main currency—like in Cambodia. When I was there last month, I was reminded that bills with a rip or slight tear aren’t accepted there, so if you plan on spending US dollars, make sure they’re nice and crisp and not torn.
Cambodia isn’t the only place either. Once, a bellman in a foreign country (Brazil, if I recall correctly) asked me if I would replace a $5 US bill for him because he’d been given a slightly torn one and no one would cash it for him. He was smart to know that back home I would have no problem myself, and I didn’t, but the moral of the story is to appreciate how seriously some cultures take this. So play it safe, and don’t use ripped bills when traveling abroad.
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