7 Cheapest Ways to Receive, Send, and Transfer Money from Bahamas

Top 9 most cost-effective online platforms for international money transfers. Easy to use with real-time calculation of shipping fees and final amount after conversion, prior to transfer confirmation. Supporting more than 40 currencies in over 70 nations, including transactions with the Bahamas!

Click here to access the full list of the nine best options directly.

While it may not appear to be directly related to travel, it can be extremely helpful for those who are traveling or have relatives residing abroad and require financial transfers. (I’ll explain later how this article can benefit travelers and immigrants).

(Also, if you or someone you know is planning or considering living abroad, check out our page with 10 alternatives for relocating to other countries).


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Here are some scenarios where you can use the services of some of the companies that will be mentioned below to send money to other countries:

  • You are planning an international trip and would like to save money when exchanging cash (more on this will be explained later).
  • You are participating in a study abroad program or studying in the Bahamas and require money from your family in your home country.
  • Your family members are studying or working abroad and need your financial assistance, so you need to send money to the Bahamas.
  • You are employed in the Bahamas and need to send money to your family in your home country.
  • You need to transfer funds to yourself as you live in the Bahamas but your money is in your home country.
  • Your spouse is employed overseas and requires to send money to you.
  • You need to send or receive money from international suppliers/customers.
  • You need to make an international payment (read the end of the article to learn how to avoid scams!).
  • You are traveling and have run out of money, and your family needs to send you money to assist you in continuing your journey.
  • You have been robbed while traveling and require your family to send money to assist you.
  • You earn a salary in the Bahamas and want to send money back for investments in your home country.
  • You have international accounts and need to transfer money to your home country.
  • You want to make online international money transfers without the need to visit a physical bank branch.

It’s essential to remember that the website options presented below apply to people residing or citizens of any country worldwide, such as Portugal, the United States, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, among others. So, let’s get started!

So let’s get started!


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Important note: Official/spot exchange rate vs. retail/tourist exchange rate

In this article, we will discuss the differences between the “official/commercial exchange rate” and the “tourism exchange rate.”

To put it simply, it is always more beneficial to exchange your money at the commercial exchange rate or the closest possible rate as you will lose less money when converting currencies. The commercial exchange rate is the rate used in the financial market for trading large sums of money, like “wholesale” exchange rates.

Most of the companies we recommend below use the official/commercial exchange rate or something very close to it, except for when they don’t, and we’ll mention that.

On the other hand, the tourism exchange rate is the rate you’ll find when exchanging money at airports, banks, and exchange offices. They use the tourism exchange rate because they have additional costs and want to earn more from you during the operation. This is the least favorable exchange rate.

Therefore, always aim to exchange currencies using the official/commercial exchange rate and NOT the retail/tourist exchange rate. We have specified which rate each company uses in the list below.


How to send money abroad to save money when traveling?

As you may already know from our previous article on handling money and exchanging while traveling, using your debit, credit or prepaid card abroad while traveling will incur a 6.38% IOF charge on the value of each transaction. This amounts to a lot of money!

The cheapest option would be to exchange money in your home country before traveling, buying dollars, euros or other currencies at commercial rates from banks or exchange offices and using them while abroad. However, carrying a lot of cash while traveling is not recommended, and the quotes used by exchange brokers are tourism quotations and may not be very attractive, resulting in a loss of money.

A more cost-effective alternative for travelers is to use one of the options below to send money to family and friends in the countries you plan to visit during your trip. Upon arrival, you can retrieve the money in the local currency from the acquaintances who received your money from your home country.

For example, suppose you’re in Brazil and plan to travel to the Bahamas, where your brother is studying. In that case, you can use one of the nine companies listed below to transfer money to your brother’s checking account. He can withdraw the money in dollars and return it to you upon your arrival in the Bahamas. This way, you don’t have to exchange money before leaving Brazil or upon arriving in the Bahamas.

Now, let’s discuss the nine best and most cost-effective companies and websites for sending, receiving, and transferring money abroad. But first…


What’re the 3 ways you should NEVER send and receive money abroad?



Many individuals worldwide believe that using a bank is a simple and cost-effective way to transfer or receive funds internationally. However, this notion is far from accurate!

Global transfers through banks are EXPENSIVE!! Banks utilize SWIFT code (or BIC) and IBAN for incoming and outgoing global wire transfers…and they will take advantage of you!

Typically, they charge a percentage of the total transferred amount, as well as a fee that can sometimes be nearly equal to the transfer itself…and to make matters worse, the exchange rate they offer is terrible! Therefore, if you transfer money to another country using a bank, it’s likely that you’ll lose a significant amount of unnecessary money.

For example, if you use an American bank to transfer money to a European bank, charges could quickly add up to at least $45 for a single wire transfer (plus a poor exchange rate).

Xe (one of the companies I recommend below) provides a comprehensive comparison of their rates and the rates of major banks for global wire transfers (formerly known as HiFX, which was acquired).


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And this table gives you an idea of the fees charged by banks for incoming and outgoing international wire transfers…ouch!



#2) and #3) Western Union or MoneyGram

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These are two of the largest money transfer companies worldwide. Unfortunately, this also implies that many people use them and unwittingly waste their money, simply because they are unaware of better alternatives.

But if so many others use Western Union and MoneyGram, why should you steer clear of them?

Because they…

  • Are exorbitantly costly and charge a significant percentage of the funds you are sending (For example, MoneyGram will charge you nearly 25% of the amount you are transferring – which is $22 for a $100 transfer…an absolute ripoff!)
  • Do not provide online options for sending or receiving money (you must personally visit their branch and so must the recipient) Typically use the retail/tourist exchange rate (also known as the unfavorable rate)


One last time, here are the 3 ways you should NOT do international transfers to Bahamas:

#1) Banks

#2) Western Union

#3) MoneyGram


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Then what are the cheapest and most practical ways to do international money transfers?

I will now share my recommended choices based on affordability and convenience, whether through mobile apps or web platforms. However, I strongly suggest that you try out all the available options to determine which one suits your requirements and budget the best.


    1. Wise (formerly Transferwise)Wise

Wise (previously known as TransferWise) is a great option for transferring money overseas that is both affordable and user-friendly. It’s my personal favorite and the one I frequently use.

To use Wise, all you need is a bank account in the currency of the destination country. It doesn’t have to be in your name, which makes it perfect for sending money to friends and family. Simply input the currency and amount you want to send, such as R$ to euros, and the sum you wish to transfer, such as R$1,000. Wise will provide you with the final amount the recipient will receive in euros, including all fees, taxes, and other expenses.

It’s important to note that Wise employs Google’s official exchange rate for Real to Euro conversions, so you’re getting the best rate possible, regardless of the transfer direction or currencies involved.

To proceed, enter your information, including the recipient’s bank details, even if it’s your own overseas account. Wise will provide you with a bank slip to pay the transfer amount, with no extra fees for issuing the slip. You may pay the slip at a bank, even if you don’t have an account there, or online using internet banking from your home.

In some cases, depending on the country of origin, you can transfer funds to Wise using a domestic transfer, debit card, or credit card (with an additional fee for credit card payments).

The funds will arrive in the recipient’s account within 1-3 days. Although, depending on the location, this may differ.


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And notice that the currency exchange rate from Wise is pretty much the same as the official one given by Google!


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Pros of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • It’s the cheapest way to transfer money I’ve found– their fee is only around 0.35% of the total transfer value
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” exchange rate)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • It’s cheaper and easier than sending money internationally using banks
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • You can use Wise to transfer money overseas for your Business and pay suppliers or employees
  • You can send money to more than 40 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro (19 in total) *
  • You can receive payments worldwide


By the way, if you want to send money to Spain, Portugal, Ireland, or other countries that use the Euro, the process is the same. All you need is to select Euro when you begin your transfer and then put the info of the bank account in the country receiving the money.


*Countries that use the Euro:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, Kosovo, Montenegro.


Cons of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • Until recently, it was not possible to send money if the person did not have a current account in the destination country of the transaction. But now, with Wise’s digital and physical cards, you can make payments directly from your account on the platform, but check availability in your region!

However, if in the country you are in this service is not yet available, an easy way to circumvent this problem is by using the checking account of someone you trust. Here in Sweden, for example, I helped a fellow Brazilian receive money here from his family in Brazil. They transferred the money to my Swedish bank account, I withdrew the money from the ATM and gave it to him.


Personal experience with Wise:

I’ve used Wise to send money from the United States to Brazil (which can be done with a credit card!), from the United States to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, and from Sweden to the United States. It’s always worked smoothly for me! So, I’d definitely recommend it.


If you want to see, here’s a video explaining how Wise works:



    2. Xe

Xe is a trustworthy platform that enables individuals to send and receive money across international borders. Similar to CurrencyFair and Wise, Xe offers this service as well.

Additionally, Xe is one of the largest websites worldwide for checking exchange rates between any two currencies, including their historical values. This feature is incredibly useful for determining if a particular currency is appreciating or depreciating compared to another.

To determine transfer fees, you need to create a free account with them in advance.

It’s essential to keep in mind that Xe doesn’t provide money transfer services to some countries. However, it’s an excellent alternative for people of other nationalities who wish to send or receive money from multiple countries worldwide.



PROS of using Xe for international money transfers:

  • Xe does not have a minimum or maximum limit for the transfer value.
  • They charge a relatively low fee to send and receive money from abroad (for example: for transfers up to 500 USD a fee of 3 USD is charged)
  • They don’t charge any fees to send or exchange abroad
  • They use a rate close to the official rate
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send money to more than 26 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro

You can see which currencies they work with on their homepage here.

And you can easily sign up on Xe for free to check how much you’d save on a transfer.


Cons of using Xe to transfer money:

  • They don’t with all currencies
  • You must open an account before getting a quote for the cost of your transfer…..but it’s free to open an account and super fast
  • Sometimes it costs more to transfer with Xe than with Wise or CurrencyFair because their rates aren’t always as good (you’ll have to compare for your individual transaction to see what is best)


My personal experience with Xe: 

Honestly, I’ve never used Xe. But I have a friend who tried using it to send money from the United States to Sweden and she said everything worked just fine and the cost was pretty good. Plus, I use them all the time to check currency exchange rates when I’m traveling overseas. 



   3. WorldRemitworld-remit

WorldRemit is a fully licensed company authorized by the National Bank of Belgium and headquartered in Brussels. They operate in over 150 countries (including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, and several European countries) and facilitate transactions in more than 90 currencies.

In addition to money transfers, WorldRemit also offers mobile top-ups in over 110 destinations. They have very low service and exchange fees, and the first international money transfer is fee-free.


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Pros of using WorldRemit for international money transfers:

  • Low fees and first free transfer
  • Services available in several countries
  • Cell phone recharge option


Cons of using WorldRemit for international transfers:

  • No website in Portuguese


Personal experience with WorldRemit: WorldRemit really does work at low rates, so it’s worth making a quote through this site and comparing it to others on the list. Also, your first download is completely free!



   4. Remitlyremitly logo

Remitly is a well-known contender in the global money transfer industry. While it originally offered services solely within the United States, it has since extended its reach to numerous countries around the world.

One of the key benefits of using Remitly is its remote remittance service, which enables users to send money to a different country and have it delivered to the recipient’s preferred location in cash using their delivery service.

Furthermore, in addition to their delivery service, Remitly also provides online transfers to both conventional and digital bank accounts.


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Pros of using Remitly for international money transfers:

  • Remittance option delivered in cash to the desired address;
  • Simple and super practical interface;
  • Transfer option for digital accounts.


Cons of using Remitly for international transfers:

  • The site is not available in Portuguese;
  • Compared to other companies on the list, it does not work with a large number of countries.


Personal experience with Remitly:

I’ve never used Remitly, but user feedback is pretty positive. This is really a great option if you need to send money to someone who is not comfortable with technology or if you need cash on hand for a trip, for example.



    5. CurrencyFairinternational transfers 0

The operation of CurrencyFair is similar to that of Wise, and the money transfer process is identical.

Nevertheless, CurrencyFair has a disadvantage in that it covers fewer currencies and does not support certain currencies such as the Brazilian reais.


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Pros of using CurrencyFair for international money transfers:

  • It’s a super cheap way to send and receive money from other countries – they only charge around 0.35% of the total value, like Wise does
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” rates banks use)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send funds to more than 18 countries, including those that use the Euro
  • As with Wise, you can use CurrencyFair for your Business to pay suppliers or employees
  • It’s cheaper and faster than doing international transfers with a bank
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • Now they are also working with Indian Rupee (INR)


Cons of transferring money with CurrencyFair:

  • It only works with about half the number of currencies Wise does


Personal experience with CurrencyFair:

I’ve also used CurrencyFair to send money from the United States to Sweden, and it worked just as well as Wise did.

Here’s a quick video on how to sign up for free:


And how to do a transfer with CurrencyFair:




   6. InstaremSeguro Instarem

Instarem is a fintech firm that specializes in global currency exchange and money transfer services. Established in 2014 in Singapore, the company operates in over 25 countries worldwide, utilizing cutting-edge technology to provide efficient, convenient, and cost-effective financial services to its clients.

Instarem’s rates are highly competitive and transparently displayed for customers. Additionally, the company offers a rewards program that enables you to earn points when you make fast and hassle-free money transfers from any location.

As for travel insurance, Instarem offers a comprehensive range of products that cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost baggage, and other unforeseen incidents. Its insurance solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client and can be easily purchased through the mobile app or website. Furthermore, Instarem collaborates with top insurance providers to ensure that its customers receive the most optimal coverage.

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Pros of using Instarem for international money transfers:

  • The company is present in more than 25 countries, which allows it to serve a wide variety of customers around the world. In addition, the company’s geographic expansion has been constant and promising.
  • Great Value: Low fees. Great exchange rates. nothing hidden
  • Secure and reliable: Industry-leading technology moving $4 billion annually
  • Rewards: Send money and earn points to enjoy even greater value
  • Save time: skip the lines and send money quickly
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Send money anywhere with our app


Cons of transferring money with Instarem:

  • Transfer Fees and Limitations: Like any financial services company, Instarem charges money transfer fees and sets limits on transactions. This can make the company’s services less accessible to customers with lower purchasing power or who need to send large amounts of money.


Personal experience with Instarem:

Although I have never used Instarem, user feedback is generally very positive. This can be an excellent choice if you need to send someone money!



   7. RiaSeguro Ria

Ria is a global financial service company that offers money transfer solutions to people worldwide. Established in 1987, the company has its headquarters situated in the United States and has expanded its global presence remarkably.

Ria’s services include wire transfers, bank deposits, and bill payments, and the company has a strong presence in over 160 countries via its vast network of more than 436,000 agent locations worldwide.

The company aims to provide secure, accessible, and economical money transfer solutions to individuals and families who wish to send funds to their loved ones worldwide.


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Pros of using Ria for international money transfers:

  • Ria has a global presence with over 436,000 agent locations worldwide, which makes sending and receiving money more convenient for its customers;
  • Ria offers a wide range of payment options, including wire transfers, bank deposits and bill payments.


Cons of using Ria for international transfers:

  • Ria imposes daily and monthly limits on the amount a customer can transfer, which can be an inconvenience for those who need to send large amounts of money;
  • Ria may charge additional fees, depending on the destination country and the payment method selected by the customer;
  • Ria may require customers to go through an identity verification process, which can be time consuming and inconvenient.


Personal experience with Ria:

Although I don’t have personal experience with Ria, user feedback is often highly positive. This can be an excellent option if you need to send someone money.



Bonus: Online International Money Transfer Companies


   Bonus 1. TransferGoBest ways to transfer money from Europe to Brazil

TransferGo is a well-known European-based company that specializes in providing international money transfer services for European residents and visitors who want to send money abroad.

Their services are accessible in more than 60 countries across the globe, although money transfers to Brazil are currently limited to customers with European bank accounts. Despite this, they offer a variety of transfer options and competitive fees for their customers.

TransferGo allows customers to send money directly from their bank account, debit card, or credit card, offering both fast transfers that can be completed in up to 30 minutes and low-fee economic transfers that may take up to three days to complete.

The transfer process is straightforward and user-friendly, making TransferGo a convenient and easy-to-use option for international money transfers.

When making transfers with TransferGo, you can use this code or coupon: HMSESq


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Pros of using TransferGo for international money transfers:

  • There are no daily limits for transfers on TransferGo
  • They work with fast transfer options (for a fee of £2.99)
  • They allow transfers directly from your bank account, debit card or credit card to foreign accounts
  • They have a simple and practical interface to receive money from abroad


Cons of using TransferGo for international transfers:

  • Each transfer may not exceed the $30,000.00 limit
  • It is not possible to transfer money from the USA, Canada, among other countries to Brazil


Personal experience with TransferGo:

If you are looking for a company to transfer money from Europe to the rest of the world, this is a great option. In my experience, the whole process is done very simply and cheaply.



   Bonus 2. OFX OFX Logo

OFX is a leading global financial company that specializes in providing international money transfer services to individuals and businesses. Founded in 1988 in Australia, the company has expanded its operations worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. OFX offers competitive exchange rates and low transfer fees, as well as personalized services to cater to each customer’s unique needs.

The company’s main objective is to offer secure, speedy, and cost-effective money transfer services with round-the-clock customer support. OFX provides a variety of transfer options, including wire transfers, bill payments, and recurring transfers.

OFX is an excellent option for individuals and businesses who need to transfer significant amounts of money overseas, such as international students, expats, and companies involved in global trade. With an impressive track record of excellent customer service and satisfaction, OFX is a reputable and well-known name in the international money transfer industry.


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Pros of using OFX for international money transfers:

  • Low transfer fees: OFX charges a low transfer fee or even no fees for transfers above a certain amount, depending on the country of origin and destination.
  • Customized Services: OFX offers customized services to meet each customer’s individual needs, including scheduled transfers, wire transfer options and bill payments.
  • Customer support available 24/7: OFX offers 24/7 customer support to ensure you get help whenever you need it.
  • Extensive transfer options: OFX offers a wide range of transfer options, including wire transfers, bill payments and scheduled transfers, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your needs.

Cons of transferring money using OFX:

  • OFX doesn’t support all currencies, so there may be some limitations on which countries or regions you can send money to.
  • Also, while OFX offers competitive exchange rates, it is possible that other companies or services may offer even better rates at certain times.
  • Finally, transfer processing time can take a few business days, which can be inconvenient if you need to send money urgently.

Personal experience with OFX:

Although I haven’t had the opportunity to personally use OFX’s services, user reports are often highly positive. Based on this positive review, OFX can be considered an excellent option for those who need to send someone money.



   Bonus 3. PayPal

Paypal is a widely used platform for online payments and transactions with other parties. If you have ever shopped on eBay, you have probably used Paypal to make a payment.

Paypal can also be used for international money transfers, although one limitation is that you cannot withdraw funds without a linked US bank account.


One alternative is to use the funds in your Paypal account to make purchases at online retailers that accept Paypal as a form of payment, such as eBay. Additionally, you can transfer your Paypal balance to another individual.


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Pros of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • It’s a very easy and practical way to send/receive money between almost any two people in the world
  • It’s very popular
  • You can use it to send/receive payments from overseas from any person that also has Paypal (since you only need an email to open an account)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online.
  • Works for people from all over the world (although you can only withdraw the money if you have a U.S. bank account)
  • There’s no minimum transaction


Cons of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • You can’t take money out of your Paypal wallet (if someone sends it to you) unless you have a bank account in the United States (otherwise, you’ll have to leave it in your Paypal account and can only use the money to buy things on websites that accept Paypal, like eBay)
  • They charge a 3% fee on some transfers
  • They don’t use the official exchange rate (they use the retail/tourist rate instead), so you’ll lose some money when you exchange from one currency to the other


Personal experience with Paypal:

I use Paypal directly to buy things on eBay and to receive payments from a few companies that only pay with Paypal. But I don’t use it for international transfers because I think the exchange rate is bad and the options above are better, so it’s up to you.




How to do international transfers using digital currency

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are a relatively new addition to the global financial market. While still in their infancy, they are gaining traction rapidly.

One significant advantage of digital currencies is their ability to facilitate low-cost international money transfers compared to traditional methods. Moreover, transactions can be completed within minutes, regardless of the recipient’s location.


  • Coinbase (for getting digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin)receive money from abroad 1

I recommend using Coinbase as a reliable platform for sending money globally through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It is recognized as the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and is trusted by many.

To begin, sign up for a free Coinbase account and provide your personal information. Next, transfer funds from your bank account to your digital wallet and purchase the cryptocurrency of your choice. Coinbase offers popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

After acquiring the cryptocurrency, you can send it to anyone around the world who has a digital wallet. Just enter their wallet address and send the coins through your digital wallet.

Once the recipient receives the cryptocurrency, they can convert it into their local currency (such as Brazilian reais, Euros, or Dollars) and transfer it to their bank account using the Coinbase platform.

The platform is user-friendly, and the process is simple. Furthermore, if you’re interested in investing in cryptocurrencies, Coinbase is a great option because of its size and reputation.


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How to invest in Bitcoins or other digital currencies

Opting to retain digital currencies after purchasing them gives you the opportunity to wait for their value to rise, and potentially sell them in the future. Nonetheless, it is vital to bear in mind that there is no assurance that the currency will appreciate in value, and it is possible that it could even decline in value.

So be careful with investing in digital currencies! Don’t use money that you’ll need in short or midterm!


Pros of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • It’s a cheap way to send money between almost any two countries in the world
  • It’s getting more and more popular
  • You can use your bank account, debit card, or credit card to do the deposit into your digital wallet in Coinbase
  • You can use it to receive payments from overseas from any person that has their own digital wallet (your digital wallet can be through Coinbase or any other platform that works with cryptocurrency)
  • It’s very easy – you can do everything online
  • There’s no minimum transaction


Cons of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • The value of the digital currencies still varies a lot (AKA: it’s highly volatile), so it’s possible that the amount you send may already be worth more or less by the time it arrives at the destination
  • You have a pay a fee of a small percentage of the total value you deposit in Coinbase. If you use a credit card, this fee can be up to 3%
  • It can take a few days for the purchase of Bitcoin to be finalized. With Ethereum and Litecoin, the buy and sell confirmation is faster
  • It’s a new market and many people still don’t know how it works


Personal experience with Coinbase:

On a previous occasion, I opted to use digital currencies to pay for an online purchase, as it was more cost-effective compared to using credit cards. I chose to utilize Coinbase to purchase a small amount of Bitcoins and transferred them to the online store. The process was straightforward and the transaction went smoothly.


Summing up…

The 7 cheapest ways to receive, send, and transfer money abroad:

  1. Wise
  2. Xe
  3. World Remit
  4. Remitly
  5. Currency Fair
  6. Instarem
  7. Ria
  8. TransferGo
  9. OFX
  10. Paypal
  11. Coinbase


In Brief….  

Just as with any important financial decision, it’s important to do your research and compare options when it comes to sending and receiving money abroad. Taking the time to compare exchange rates, transfer fees, and other factors can make a big difference in the amount of money you end up sending or receiving.

To make the process easier, you can choose a specific amount, such as $500 USD, and test each of the options listed above to see which one gives you the best value in terms of the amount received. While this may take a bit of extra time, it can ultimately help you save money and get the best deal possible.


Protect yourself against fraud and common scams with international money transfers!!

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.


By paying attention to strange signs like the ones below, you can tell if you’re being the victim of a scam or not….and then avoid it if you are. Think very carefully before making a transfer. If you’re not sure, don’t take the risk!

Don’t send/transfer money to people or companies:

  • If you or your family/close friends don’t know them personally
  • For a deposit to buy a property or a rent payment. Take note of this one because it is one of the most common scams for people that live abroad!  ONLY send them if you are personally in the city where you are renting and you have personally visited the property & met with the agent/landlord of the place that’s to be rented or purchased. Seriously, this scam is a lot more common than you think….and a lot of people who move abroad get screwed by it!
  • To buy something online. You shouldn’t have to use an international transfer for this, better to use a credit card or Paypal (which have payment protections)
  • From a place claiming to protect you from a virus that doesn’t accept credit cards (since all trusted antivirus companies should)
  • For an emergency situation that hasn’t been confirmed by a friend or family member
  • To “redeem” lottery winnings or prizes….another super common scam!
  • To make charitable donations. Ask for another way to contribute…be wary of any charity asking for international money transfers
  • To start working as a mystery shopper. You should never have to pay for this, it’s free!
  •   To get a job….this is always a scam! Don’t pay a company to start working with them!
  • For a credit card fee or loan. These fees are ALWAYS paid via your credit card and not through international money transfers

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.



That completes my tutorial on how to perform international money transfers in a hassle-free, cost-effective, and secure manner.

If you have any queries or issues, please drop a comment in the section below, and I will endeavor to address them as soon as possible.


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Still haven’t booked your plane ticket and want to save big? Take a look at Momondo. It’s a flight aggregator that combines several other ticket search websites to make it easier for you to compare prices and make sure you are getting the best deal. 


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And finally, will you need to rent a car during your trip? Then check out Rentalcar.com to search and compare car rental companies from all over the world in a single website. Then, you can find the cheapest price for the best car!



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