Your finances are your life line whilst travelling and deciding how you’ll carry money with you can seem like a daunting task! The good news is there are so many different options out there so you don’t just have to pick one. The more options you have, the better – so let’s work through them together.
So you’ll need some cash, whether it be for food markets, transport and so on. Try to make one cash withdrawal in each country if possible in order to reduce the amount of bank charges you’ll incur. We’ll only carry around £50 on us when heading out for the day, ensuring the rest is locked away safely with our luggage.
Prepaid travel card
This is a safe and convenient addition to cash. If you’re visiting a country where you know there will be ample ATMs and where Visa or MasterCard’s are accepted (the majority of the world) then this is a great option.
How it works: Firstly you’ll need to get a card (we went with card.com). You simply order the card online and it will be with you within a week. Secondly you need to activate the card – to do this simply call the number on the card packaging. Finally you will need to load funds onto the card, which can be done either online or in store. From here you can use it wherever you are going. Load your currency and swipe away with your fancy new traveler’s card.
A credit card is your security blanket so be sure to take one of these with you. If you need emergency funds for any reason you’ll always be able to turn to your Credit card. The great thing about credit cards is that your purchases are usually covered to some extent – which is great for booking things like accommodation and flights.