One a recent trip overseas I discovered just how useful a currency converter could prove itself, especially when negotiating contracts, hotel rooms, and even paying restaurant bill.
While traveling this year I've converted my money into 4 different currencies and, if you've ever traveled abroad, you know you lose money every time you change your money from one currency to another.
In an effort to save my own financial skin, I turned to Internet to help me figure out best conversion rates ahead of time and gauge how much cash I'd actually need for each trip.
In process, I discovered a veritable "buffet" of helpful and just plain cool converters and tools online.
They help you do everything from knowing your buying power abroad to what time to ask for a wake up call halfway around world.
** Currency Converter **
Log on to http://www.XE.com and you can estimate exchange of your currency into virtually any of 180 currencies in world, including: U.S. dollars, Yen, British Pounds, Australian dollars, Euros, and more.
Simply enter amount of money you want to convert, choose currency you want to convert from and to, then click button.
Instantly you'll know value of your money in another country based on latest currency trading value available.
XE.com also offers a good FAQ section that explains how and why currency exchange rates vary along with information about currency markets.
XE.com gets their conversion data from a variety of sources around world and, according to site, updates their rates several times per day.
** World Clocks **
Log on to http://www.TimeAndDate.com to find a wealth of tools to help you get a global perspective not only of local times and dates, but also local holidays and best time to plan meetings.