Embarking on an international trip is always exciting. There are so many different things that you’re about to see and do! It has likely taken you a few months (if not more) to prepare for the trip, but when it comes to money, there are some tips you’ll want to follow that will keep your money safe and secure at all times. Let’s take a look.
Communicate Your Travel Plans
When you are going to be heading to another country for a vacation, you will want to let the various financial institutions that you are a member of that you are leaving the country and will be using your cards overseas. This alerts your bank, credit union, and credit card company that there may be some charges that are out of the ordinary. Some companies will actually put a lock on your account if they see suspicious activity. You don’t want to lose access to your funds when you need them most. If you don’t have great reception, it might be difficult to contact customer service from where you are at the time.
Carry Cash and Cards Separately
You never want to keep all of your money items in one spot. If you have cash on you, keep it separate from where your cards are located. Wandrd recommends keeping a money clip beneath your belt with some of your cash, but keep the rest of it in a safe pocket within your travel bag (or vice versa). If you happen to lose one group of money you’ll still have a backup.
Limit Your Cash Flow
While you may be trying to avoid international credit card fees, CreditOne Bank points out that using credit is far safer than carrying cash with you. It also eliminates you having to constantly exchange your American money for the currency that is used where you’re at. You won’t be shortchanged this way.
If you’re planning on traveling abroad anytime soon, spend a little bit of time planning from a financial standpoint. This will ensure that your money is safe, your credit cards are safe and you’ll have plenty of funds that are accessible throughout your trip. You will also want to stay aware of your surroundings. Unfortunately, there are people who are looking to prey upon tourists. You’ll likely encounter people who want to make sure you’re enjoying their country, but other people might not be so helpful.