my TZ safari operator offers me the option to pay either in cash or travellers cheque for the remaining 50% trip balance, due upon in-person arrival, besides the usual credit or debit card + surcharge (which is not a route i want to pursue)
as everyone know, travellers cheque is like dinosaurs these days and i am still trying to figure out where i can get them issued for free or at a low % service fee in the US. if anyone as any idea, i would be happy to hear them. my understanding to date is that american express travellers cheque is the most common one out there, and one has to get it from the banks/agency that issue them.
another option, of course, is to carry these amount in USD cash over to TZ.
the problem here, naturally, is that, whether it is safe to carry around cash in TZ before meeting up with my safari operator in Arusha. my first stop in EAfrica is Zanzibar, will be spending there 4 days before flying over to Arusha to begin my safari journey on Day 5.
how safe is Zanzibar? i have read and heard of robbery stories but i am not sure if these are because the victims are at the wrong place at the wrong time, or is it a prevalent issue, or is it something one can avoid for the most part as long as one practices basic precaution.
my KE tour operator is also offering the same option, so it sounds like i may also be carrying some amount of cash or travellers cheque through the journey until i meet up with my KE tour operator, which wouldnt happen until Day 12 of the trip. so we are talking about substantial amount of money here
p/s: would prefer not to pay the remaining balance before meeting my tour operators in-person. so i am currently not considering that option.