Is It Better to Buy Dollars in the U.S.A.?

The outcome of buying dollars in the United States versus purchasing them from a currency exchange provider before departing depends on several factors. Variables include the strength of the dollar in relation to the currency you're exchanging and whether economic factors may cause the dollar's value to fall.

A currency converter with a history feature is helpful for deciding whether to buy ahead of time or wait until you arrive in the United States. If using a debit card upon arrival is an option, wait and see how much the exchange rate is for withdrawing money from an ATM once you get to the U.S., at least for day-to-day needs.