leftover foreign currency

Finally: The perfect way to put all that leftover foreign currency to use!

Since the inception of Grown-up Travel Guide, my inbox has been a veritable treasure trove of enthusiastic emails about the latest travel apps, websites, and products claiming to revolutionize our travel experiences. As someone who combines a healthy dose of cynicism with a touch of weary skepticism due to the short lifespan of these so-called “genius” innovations, I tend to take these claims with a pinch of salt.

The Problem: What to Do With Leftover Foreign Currency from Your Last Trip Abroad

However, every so often, a real gem emerges that not only piques my interest but also proves genuinely useful. When such a rarity surfaces, it’s my pleasure to share it with you, my fellow seasoned travelers.


A Solution for Leftover Foreign Currency

Imagine this scenario, one I’m confident you’ve encountered if your passport is as stamped as mine. While traveling abroad, using banknotes often trumps the painstaking process of counting out coins, especially when electronic payment isn’t an option. Despite the digital age, much of the world still clings to the tangible feel of cash, far from the near cashless society we see in Scandinavia. (Fun fact: the Norwegian government is even considering allowing retailers to opt out of accepting cash altogether!)

So, what happens when you return home with a pocket brimming with foreign coins? Initially, you might think you’ll use them again, but they inevitably end up forgotten. Eventually, these coins find their way into a jar or a vase, or in my case, an old beer stein, inadvertently becoming a quirky decorative piece infused with tales of travel.

But what if I told you there’s a better way to handle this? Enter Leftover Currency, a service that embraces a multitude of currencies, whether they’re coins, notes, or even obsolete money no longer in circulation. Imagine exchanging your residual Australian Dollars or swapping your leftover Swiss Francs, not just for cash, but also with the option to donate to charity.

Leftover Currency is a treasure trove for the nostalgic traveler too. You can get rid of those Australian Dollars and exchange Swiss Francs – either for cash that you can use or you can donate the total you would have received to charity!

They accept all 19 pre-Euro currencies, so those French Francs, Greek Drachma and German Deutschmarks gathering dust can finally find a new purpose. 


The process is remarkably straightforward and transparent. The company’s profits come from the exchange rate, meaning no hidden fees for you. They handle the sorting hassle-free – just send everything in one go.

What truly sets Leftover Currency apart is its credibility and customer satisfaction. With a stunning 98% Trustpilot rating and its status as a registered Bureau de Change under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR), registration number 12661656, you can rest assured your old travel funds are in reliable hands.

The best part? It’s a swift process. They promise payment within 5 working days, offering versatile options like PayPal, cheque, bank transfer, or the most heartwarming option – donating to charity. This isn’t just about decluttering your drawers of forgotten foreign coins; it’s an opportunity to either reclaim some of your travel investment or contribute to a noble cause.

So, why let that jar of coins gather dust any longer? Embrace this chance with Leftover Currency. Not only does it declutter your home, but it also offers a satisfying closure to your travel adventures, be it through a little extra cash in your pocket or the joy of giving. And who knows, the funds you recover or donate might just be the start of your next grown-up travel adventure.

There are no extra fees, the company takes its cut from the exchange rate so it’s a highly transparent process. They won’t even charge you for sorting it all, either – just send it all in at once.

You can trust these guys, too – Leftover Currency has a remarkable 98% Trustpilot rating and is a registered Bureau de Change under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) with registration number 12661656, in case you were wondering.

It won’t take long, either – they pay out within 5 working days. You can receive payment via PayPal, cheque, bank transfer or (best of all) donate it to charity.

So what are you waiting for? Blow the dust of that jar of coins and send them in to Leftover Currency!

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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