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During my round the world trip, I always made sure I kept a few pieces of money from wherever I went. I think it was only fitting as the name of this blog is No Debt World Travel…
Now when we talk about money and travel, we are usually talking about how to save money when traveling, how to spend less, even how to earn money when you are traveling. But I think we can go deeper than that….
A country’s money can tell stories of its founding, its identity and how people inside and outside of its borders perceive it. I think it can be as interesting as a region’s art, movies and music.
Here is some money from around the world. What does this money say to you?
You can’t think about Egypt without the Great Pyramids of Giza. A national icon and a world treasure, I think I would be surprised if it wasn’t on money. The Pyramids are so awe-inspiring and magnificent that some conspiracy theorists says that aliens actually created these mass structures. Yeah, like little green men aliens…
What animal is this? This would be the buffalo, one of the “Big Five of Africa” which include the lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. These are the animals that people come to see in South Africa when out on safari. I would guess that other South African rand denominations have the other four animals, I just don’t remember seeing it. Tourism is going to be a huge part of bringing South Africa’s economy out of the doldrums and this is always a reminder of why you come.
Hockey, Canada’s national sport. Their identity is tied into hockey like Brazil’s is tied into soccer…oops I mean football.
Ah yes, the first American president George Washington on the currency known around the world. Some countries like Cambodia will accept US dollars as legal tender like they accept their own money. With the world financial turmoil, US currency is still the gold standard. But now people are talking about the Euro or even the Chinese yuan taking over. I’ll believe that when I see it.
This is a depiction of the Big Six, who helped launch the British colony known as the Gold Coast toward its independence in 1957 in becoming what we know now as Ghana. I love this money, it is colorful and is a great history lesson. It always reminds the Ghanaian people and anyone else who handles it where they have come from.
The next time you look at money, look at it beyond the good or service it can buy. What does it tell you about a country and a people? Probably alot. Just look a little deeper…
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