A friend's DC is doing a gap year type thing in India and I'd like to give her some cash for emergencies/treats while she's there - what's the best way to do this? I was thinking of some sort of pre-paid card so it's not just wrapped in with her normal cash - any thoughts?
(Not looking to get into the whys and wherefores of gap year charity work, I actually completely disagree with it but it's not my decision...)
Yes, you could do that. There is FairFX and Caxton that I know about and undoubtedly others.
You cannot pre load with Rupees though. You have to load with £. Rupees cannot be bought in the UK. So, as soon as anyone arrives in India, money has to be changed. I think the exchange fee is lower for these cards so they may well be better than a standard bank card. However, as the cost of living is so low in India, you do not need much money!