How do you keep your spending money safe while traveling? We all have our own creative ways of dealing with this. Whether it's money belts, pouches, pockets, secret stashes or tricks with credit cards or debit cards, there is something that works for us individually.
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Safe Amounts and Splitting Up the Stash
For myself, I try to keep just enough cash on me to last for a few days. Of course, this depends on where I am at the time.
For example, if I am in a city where ATMs, banks and money changers abound, then a few days worth of cash is no biggie since I can always go back for more.
However, If I am someplace way out in the sticks where the options for money exchange and retrieval are limited, than advance budgeting and planning is needed.
Another concern of mine is storage. I usually split my cash up into four or even five parts and stash each bunch separately, in undisclosed places. That way if someone takes 1 or 2 parts, (which has never happened by the way,) then I still have 2 or 3 parts left to tide me over.
But What About Other Globe Drifters?
How do they keep their spending money safe and secure while traveling?
I took the time to ask a few of my fellow travel bloggers how they do this, and they gave me insight into some of their very own "smart travel" drifter tips!
Notice that there are differing ideas and some people share tips that conflict with others. As you read them, please keep in mind that these are all just personal opinions on how to travel smarter. Ultimately, it's up to you.
"Money Safety" Tips From Other Globe Drifters
Dyanne from TravelnLass says, "I'd never dream of traveling with but 1 debit card - I carry 3 cards and most importantly - from DIFFERENT BANKS. That way if one of your banks decides to freeze your account, you still have other cards you can use until you can straighten it out. And in that vein - always advise your banks of your general itinerary (i.e. what countries you plan to be in and when). And finally, very handy to have a bank that you can Skype with. Keep the cards separate of course, never carry more cash than you can afford to lose; for day trips, markets, etc. take only the local cash you'll need for the day; a stash of CRISP $US can come in handy - make sure they stay super crisp, no tears, folds, wrinkles as some countries accept only the pristine. Oh, and digital pics of passport and both sides of each credit/debit card - stored privately on the cloud."
Kiara from Cactus Child says, "Depending on the country and how safe I generally feel there, I'll keep some in a money belt on me, and some in a wallet. If I'm staying in a private room, I'll usually keep some back there locked away in a pocket in my backpack, or in a locker, (if available), if I'm staying in a dorm. With cards, I keep my debit card in one place and my credit card in another. I tend not to use my credit card, but I always take it with me in case I have a problem with my debit card or in case it's stolen. So, distribute the money would be my advice!"
Adam from Travels of Adam recently reviewed a unique product specially designed to keep your money safe. Basically, they are boxer briefs that are pick-pocket proof. They have been designed with zippers and hidden pockets to keep your cash safe. Adam's verdict? They're ugly, and sort of uncomfortable. But an interesting thought, nonetheless.
Jess from Ice Cream & Permafrost says, "I always split my money as much as possible. I'm now splitting my credit and debit card, too, after I lost them and had no way to get cash besides going online and using Western Union to send a wire transfer to myself - which took three days. And I have whatever I need to get home sorted out at the beginning of the trip."
Dani Blanchette from Going Nomadic says, "Safety pin your money to the inside lining of your pockets. Pretty much pickpocket safe. Also dont bring everything you own with you on non travel days. It is not necessary to have all money, bankcards, credit cards etc on you at all times."
And Now It's Time For YOU to Share Your Tips!
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I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...