Travelers’ checks are a safe way to carry your money. One inconvenience of using travelers' checks in Spanish-speaking countries is that you need to find the right place to cash them. Banks do, and many money exchange places do as well. The better hotels also take travelers’ checks.

Less expensive hotels, restaurants, and most stores don’t take traveler’s checks. Try to exchange them before you go on your forays, and take just moderate amounts of cash with you.

The following words will help you talk about travelers’ checks:

  • el viajero (ehl bveeah-Heh-roh) (the traveler)

  • a cuánto (ah koo-ahn-toh) (for how much)

  • cambiar (kahm-bvee-ahr) (to change)

  • el mostrador (ehl mohs-trah-dohr) (the counter; literally: the place where you show)

  • los documentos (lohs doh-koo-mehn-tohs) (identification; literally: documents)

In the following dialog, Ana Maria is at a bank to cash in some travelers’ checks.

Ana María:

¿A cuánto el dólar de cheque de viajero?
ah kooahn-toh ehl doh-lahr deh cheh-keh deh bveeah-Heh-roh
What’s the exchange per dollar for traveler’s checks?


A nueve sesenta.
ah nooeh-bveh seh-sehn-tah
At nine sixty.

Ana María:

Quiero cambiar estos cheques de viajero.
keeeh-roh kahm-bveeahr ehs-tohs cheh-kehs deh bveeah-Heh-roh
I want to cash these travelers’ checks.


¿Tiene sus documentos, por favor?
teeeh-neh soos doh-koo-mehn-tohs pohr fah-bvohr
Do you have your identification please?

Ana María:

Mi pasaporte.
mee pah-sah-pohr-teh
My passport.


Muy bien. Ahora puede firmar sus cheques.
mooy bveeehn ah-oh-rah pooeh-deh feer-mahr soos cheh-kehs
Very good. Now you may sign your checks.