Why Texas has something to offer for everyone!

Texas is a large and diverse state with many interesting places to visit. Here are some trip ideas for your visit:

  1. Explore the vibrant city of Austin, known for its live music, food scene, and outdoor activities.
  2. Visit San Antonio to see the historic Alamo and enjoy the city’s River Walk, which offers scenic views, shops, and restaurants.
  3. Go to Houston and visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Houston Zoo.
  4. Take a road trip to Marfa to see the unique art installations and stargaze in the West Texas desert.
  5. Visit the Big Bend National Park to see its scenic vistas, hike the Chisos Mountains, and experience its rugged natural beauty.
  6. Head to the Gulf Coast for a beach vacation in cities like Galveston, Port Aransas, or South Padre Island.
  7. Check out the music scene in Fort Worth, where you can also visit the famous Stockyards, see the world-class museums, and enjoy the western culture.
  8. Visit the city of Dallas, home to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
  9. Take a trip to the Hill Country, known for its wineries, wildflowers, and small-town charm.
  10. Explore the beauty of the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, located in the Texas Panhandle and known for its dramatic red rock formations and outdoor activities.

Whether you’re interested in art, music, food, or the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone in Texas.

What currency will I need?

The official currency of Texas, like the rest of the United States, is the United States Dollar (USD), which is the widely accepted and used currency for all transactions within the state. It is issued and regulated by the U.S. Federal Reserve System, which is the central bank of the United States.

The U.S. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents, and it is available in various denominations of banknotes and coins, including $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills, as well as coins of 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half-dollar), and 1 dollar.

The U.S. Dollar is widely accepted and used in all types of transactions in Texas, including for buying goods and services, paying bills, conducting financial transactions, and as a unit of account. Most businesses and establishments in Texas, including banks, retailers, hotels, restaurants, and other service providers, accept U.S. Dollars as the standard form of payment.

Should I use travel cash or a card?

According to Mintel, 90% of British travellers take some travel cash with them. It’s perfect for tips, taxis, street-side vendors and locations which do not have card machines (or where they are not working). It’s easy to budget with, and share with other members of your party. It’s also not prone to technical faults, does not require internet access, and you won’t be charged to use it.

Having a debit card is also a great idea as backup – just make sure you know what fees the card issuer charges to make payments in the foreign currency (better still, find one that makes no charges at all). Bigger purchases should be made on a travel-friendly UK-issued credit card to get that additional Section 75 protection (see https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/credit-and-purchases/how-youre-protected-when-you-pay-by-card). Make sure when paying by card that you ALWAYS pay in the foreign currency – do not let the card processor do the conversion to GBP as you will always get a worse rate. That applies even if the foreign currency is already loaded onto a prepaid multi-currency card – the card issuer will decide whether to settle from your foreign currency wallet or not.

Where can I buy currency?

You will typically get a better deal buying your travel cash here in the UK before you travel. Look for the highest possible foreign currency exchange rate to indicate the best deal. For example, a rate of US$1.2312 is better than US$1.2015 when buying United States Dollar (USD). Airports tend to offer the worst rates – especially if you have not pre-ordered – and you may find a bureau de change on your High Street, in a supermarket or department store, in many travel agents, and at major transport hubs.

You can also buy United States Dollar from Travel Money Club for next business day despatch to home via fully insured Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm. Unlike the competition, we don’t hide fees and charges in our exchange rates – you just pay a fair and transparent handling fee based on how much you are exchanging. Get an instant quote now at https://yourtmc.link/quote-usd.

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