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My family and I decided to adventure to South America, and we are concerned about advance measures to take, precautions, currency exchange, traveler cheques, etc. Any experience that any traveler can share?
No worries, traveling to foreign countries require the same precaution as traveling to a big city in the USA.
Use the typical measures you would here.
Here are a few recommendations to avoid overpaying and staying safe:
You will have a wonderful experience, and I am sure your family will cherish this vacation forever.
For Personal Security
A quick added tip if you haven't already gone and if you get this... use your ATM card at the airport to withdraw a little money. This gives a "trace" to your bank and lets them know that you are indeed overseas.
Do not drink the water while you are in Africa. This includes ice in drinks, and raw foods that have been washed in water. Always keep a plentiful supply of bottled water wherever you go to stay safe and healthy while you are in Africa.