Most Americans don’t attach a whole lot of value to the loose change in their pocket—but in many popular destinations (like Europe, the UK and even Canada), coins often replace bills of lower denominations. This means that your change purse may be worth a hefty sum, but unfortunately many exchange kiosks won’t convert your foreign coins back into U.S. dollars.
What to do with your leftover coins? Our staff weighs in with their favorite ways for spending those last few cents.
- Donate to a charity
Most airports or airlines make it easy to drop a few coins into a collection box or an envelope while in-flight.
- Visit the duty-free shop
Airport duty-free shops offer a tax-free haven where you can buy many local specialties as well as cosmetics, clothing or other luxury items. Treat yourself to something special—or maybe just a snack for the plane.
- Tip your Tour Director, drivers or hotel staff
Show your appreciation for the dedicated professionals who took care of the details so you could enjoy your trip.
- Support a street performer
Whether it’s a violin virtuoso, a local dance troupe or just someone in an outlandish costume, street performers can also make for great photo ops, so be sure to bring your camera when you go to toss a few coins in their hat.
Have you ever found yourself about to return home with a pocketful of change? What did you do with your extra coins? Leave us a comment and let us know!