After reading our guide to finding cheap flights, Randy finds himself curious about the best way to take money abroad safely without being robbed.
When I woke up in the morning, he was confused and started telling me how he got robbed when we left each other last night. Now, I lost a lot of muscle in Asia and was much smaller than my peak size (see my skinny to muscular transformation). The human brain has a fine-tuned algorithm for translating psychosocial cues (body language, vocal tone, etc) to help judge each other and determine social status, worth and potential rewards and risks. And the biggest difference between me and that buffed German guy was the way we carried ourselves. On the other hand, I grew up in the rougher reality and traditional lifestyle of the Middle East.
Either indirectly: Engage in activities that boost your confidence levels – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? With all the stuff I said about body language being so important and significantly decreasing your chances of being robbed, I do have my own favourite little tricks and travel money tips to help you enjoy what I believe to be the best way to carry cash overseas. What I usually do is use my credit card to get a large sum from the ATM in a big reliable city (usually about $500), and put all the cash, credit card and usually my driving license inside this nice pocket which I stitch INSIDE the pants, usually right above my crotch.
Get creative and find a way to incorporate a similar internal pocket into your travel pants.
Withdrawing large sums of cash at once from the ATMs also has the benefit of reducing your ATM transaction fees, which can get quite substantial for budget travellers. I have traveled the world for many years, in many different countries – and never lost a penny with this method. Traveling with money abroad and playing with a donkey up the top village of mount Ushguli, Georgia.
I just wanted to say that I’ve used the stitched in pocket method and it is so much more comfortable than a money belt. Goin to vietnam and was thinkin travellers cheques but they are outdated, not accepted plus idk where in dubai i can buy….
The internal pocket from the photo above couldn’t fit my passport, so I would just put it in one of the pockets of my pants.
Can credit the card account from your savings account by sending an email to the bank guys. Unless you are traveling to the countries where the mentioned currency prevails(USD card for your US trip), do not use this card. Unless you are given a ticket in your hand at the last minute and asked to fly immediately, do not go for this option!
While applying for our Visa for Philippines, my friends were asked to submit traveler’s cheque as proof of funds. Ashwin, I would suggest that you do not go for a forex card, unless you get one in Lira, which is very unlikely. Berty ThomasI am Berty Thomas, and I love to travel around the world which are unique in the way that they are short, quick and exhausting, often gives you the feeling of a hurried visit rather than a pleasant vacation! And then there are those little things that still make a huge difference in the long run – like how to send money back home, or from home to your new location.
A recent analysis by consumer research organization Which? found that expats transferring money overseas can lose out on massive sums of money depending on what service they use.
Which? examined 16 different providers including big banks and other international payment providers, testing how much bang customers get for sending their bucks abroad. The Australian expat found he was losing hundreds on poor exchange rates when he moved to Ireland, and decided to solve the problem on his own, launching CurrencyFair in 2010 with several colleagues.
The service charges just a €3 fee per transaction, cutting out the middleman present in a bank transfer - and saving customers money. With 18 currencies offered, the service has quickly become a natural choice for expats, and since its launch users have used CurrencyFair to transfer more than €3 billion. The judge has a "special relationship" with Labour, the party Breivik targeted in his rampage on Utoya. UPDATED: Police say that a base jumper is unlikely to have survived a failed leap, but it could be days before he is reached.
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Cons: Some restaurants, stores and even hotels won't take credit cards, so you'll need to have cash on hand at all times. While you're on the phone, let your credit card issuer know when and where you will be traveling -- that way the sudden international activity on your account won't trigger your issuer's fraud alert system. Some merchants (particularly in Europe) offer what's known as dynamic currency conversion, which means that they'll charge you in dollars rather than the local currency.
A few other caveats to bear in mind: Some hotels and car rental companies may put holds on your credit card for the amount of your total expected bill. Keep in mind that you may not have as much protection overseas as you do at home when problems arise over inaccurate charges. Pros: You'll get the same great interbank exchange rate when you make cash withdrawals with your debit or ATM card as you do when you make a credit card purchase. What You Need to Know: If the ATM card from your home bank isn't connected to the worldwide Cirrus or PLUS networks, you may want to look into getting a MasterCard or Visa debit card. If you are renting a car, you should be aware that debit cards are not always accepted and may sometimes be subject to additional red tape.
Finally, don't forget to call your bank and make it aware of your travel plans; as with credit cards, sudden international activity using your debit card could cause your account to be frozen.
Best for: The first 24 hours of your trip -- to tide you over until you can find the nearest ATM. Pros: It's often a good idea to get some foreign currency before you leave home so that you have cash on hand to handle your immediate expenses -- like buying a meal at the airport or taking a cab to your hotel.
Cons: You typically won't get a great conversion rate from your home bank, and you may also have to pay fees or commissions.
What You Need to Know: You can get foreign currency from your local bank, online or at the airport. Best for: Emergency backup if you can't find a functioning ATM (checks) or a secure alternative to cash (checks and check cards).
Pros: Traveler's checks and check cards provide more security than cash because they can be replaced (usually within 24 hours) if lost or stolen.
Cons: The exchange rate for traveler's checks is not as favorable as the interbank rate you'll get when using a credit or debit card, and very few merchants accept the checks for purchases these days. What You Need to Know: Keep your checks' serial numbers in a secure but separate place from the checks themselves in case they're lost or stolen.
Pros: If you find yourself stranded overseas without cash, someone at home can wire money to you and you'll have it within a day -- or even a few minutes.
What You Need to Know: The best-known companies for sending money are Western Union and MoneyGram. Other choices for sending money abroad include bank wire transfers or international postal money orders from the post office. The downside is that you are more vulnerable to theft or pickpockets and once your money's gone, it's gone! If you're taking currency, go to online foreign currency services to get the best rate. GHI tip: Only buy foreign currency at the airport in an emergency - the commission charges are higher. Go for online FX services and compare cards at comparison sites such as Moneysupermarket or Confused. All purchases over £100 are protecyed by section 75, even those made overseas, which means you can claim your money back if anything goes wrong. Good to know: Look for credit cards that have the lowest overseas fees if you travel a lot.
GHI tip: make sure if you are taking your debit or credit card abroad and plan to spend on them that your bank knows about it in advance.


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Traveler's cheques are dead, in my mind -- too much hassle, too few places accepting them as cash anymore, so you run around trying to cash them at banks. When I lived in the UK, I had a UK bank account (tip: Lloyd's TSB only requires a passport and address if you are an American opening an account -- though for other nationalities they may require much more).
Usually, I get cash beforehand or as soon as I land from an ATM (tell your bank you're traveling, and keep that cash separated!!!), and keep $200-300 USD as a backup. I used to have a Bank of America account, which was helpful in the UK because they partner with Barclay's, so I paid no ATM fees. I don't have BoA anymore (best decision ever), and I no longer want to link family members to my bank accounts (though it is not a bad strategy, served me well for many years as a backup). I wouldn’t say my wife and I are well-traveled, but we do try and experience other cultures whenever we can.
Most importantly: Any place that does take them will most likely accept credit cards, which are a better alternative (see below).
Net result: Not only do I get the best exchange rate possible, but I actually gain 1% cash back on my foreign purchases.
I used to worry about bringing some local currency with me, but it is usually expensive to get this done in the US. When it comes to getting cash in local currency from ATMs, there are also fees to be aware of. Because I use a credit card for most large purchases, I usually only need cash for restaurants and other small things. For example, on a $300 withdrawal using my normal WaMu Free Checking account, I will be charged a 3% exchange fee + no ATM fees. After experiencing firsthand how slick a professional pickpocket can be in an Italian train, I don’t go anywhere without my trusty money belt keeping everything hidden safely underneath my clothes. You can easily report your lost card to the major issuers while traveling internationally by calling these US numbers collect. Jonathan, several of the Amazon reviews for that money belt suggested that it came unbuckled very easily and that it was shoddily made.
I have in the past also kept an eye on the dominant bank in a particular region and if they have a US presence, I open an account with them, get an ATM card and fund it with travel money. The difference with Capital One is that the merchant is paying the credit card transaction fees. I found this number for Discover (801-902-3100), but I am not sure if you can call it collect. I used to work for Wells Fargo and depending on the type of account you have you get the currency at discounted rates.
If you’ll have internet access during your trip, another option for obtaining cash is to take cash advances from the Capital One credit card then schedule online payments as soon as the transactions show up on the Capital One website (in a day or two).
The FX conversion section of Oanda provides the interbank rate, as well as historical rates as a resource.
Jon in NYC – What some people is simply overpay their account ahead of time so there is a credit balance. I also use my Capital One card while travelling abroad, although only 24 and it being my first credit card I can’t get the 1% cash back like you (lucky). Use your ATM card or Check Card within our Global ATM Alliance in the countries shown with no fees.
I never use any ATM card to get cash since DISCOVER card can get get you cash at most grocery stores without any charge and you do not have to pay back till you get the bill. Internationally, I use Schwab DC which refunds all charges incurred even by foreign bank ATMs.
I like to eat at authentic hole in the wall type restaurants also, and I can tell you from personal experience that 9 times out of 10 these mom and pop restaurants only take cash. I’ve gotten cash from HSBC in London, Paris, Lyon, Milan, Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Seoul without any problems or fees. Although this doesnt really apply for Europe, I would also advise checking what happens with the local business at your destination too. When you add this too the fees your card will charge you anyway, it makes it well worth getting foreign currency instead. That’s an excellent question, and one that reminds me of a long, almost-forgotten story. In fact, he even gave me his warm jacket when my old minimalist travel gear wasn’t enough for the shivering-cold climate of December in north Vietnam. I was way too tired to stay there and try to pick up emotionally-broken European chicks, so we high-fived goodbye and I went back to our hotel.
I bet those two Vietnamese guys saw his body language and knew he was an easier target to rob.
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In my experience, it’s the best way to carry money abroad without risking it being robbed or snatched away. They wore out long, long ago and before I gave them away I unstitched this pocket so that I can stitch it on every new travel pants or jeans that I use.
It’s impossible to snatch away (a very common practice in many poor areas of the world) and is very accessible when needed. 20 Aug 2012 An analyses of the pros and cons of dental tourism for UK citizens travelling abroad to receive treatment for dental implant treatment. Dental care abroad; Advantages of dental implant treatment abroad; What is a dental implant? 22 Mar 2010 Most people who have experienced tooth decay or tooth loss are aware of the benefits of the dental implant procedure.
Dental implants also look like natural teeth as the facial structure is preserved in it's integrity. So, if your travel involves multiple countries, you may have to take separate cards in the respective currencies!
Problem is, this will offset the advantage you have with respect to the mark-up you pay in case of buying currency notes!
The issue is, once you are on your trip, you better plan exactly how much money you need and withdraw them all at once than having to withdraw multiple times and pay multiple charges!
Having used the travel card and debit card in the trip, I decided to use my credit card for this transaction.
And so, after getting the visas, we decided to use the traveler’s cheque in our trip.
Most of the foreign currency exchanges that you find in tourist areas refuse to accept the traveler’s cheque! I guess cash (in USD) is king and what more, you can easily convert it at any airport around the world. In case of cards you might not be fast enough to block it before it is used by others… Carrying cash is probably not the safest option if you are traveling alone. Do you think a debit card(the one I use here in India) would be be better than a forex card? Sure, there are the big things like finding a home, getting a job, and locating a good school. Get the most for your money when traveling internationally by doing a little homework first. In decades past traveler's checks were the most popular way to carry money overseas -- but today's travelers are much more likely to rely on credit cards and ATM withdrawals, which usually offer better exchange rates and lower fees.
While most credit card issuers charge currency conversion fees each time you make a purchase in a foreign currency (generally 1 percent from Visa or MasterCard plus an additional 1 - 2 percent for themselves), these fees are typically lower than those you'd pay to convert your own currency at a change bureau.
While you can use credit cards to get cash advances at ATMs, bear in mind that they'll be subject to any finance charges your credit card company imposes -- which can add up very quickly.
As a precaution, we recommend bringing two credit cards on your trip in case one stops working. Because some card issuers will waive the currency conversion fee if your overseas purchase is made in dollars, dynamic currency conversion could help you save a few coins. Incidents are always being reported of travelers being charged twice for the same item or for items they never purchased, and credit card companies are not always willing or able to intercede on their behalf. With ATMs available in major cities and airports all over the world, this is generally the cheapest and most convenient way to get cash in the local currency.


While they look and can be used like regular charge cards, they actually debit your checking account the same way your ATM card does.
This way you're not stranded without cash if the airport ATM isn't working or you arrive after the local exchange bureau has closed. If you're traveling to a major international airport in a large city, which will likely have multiple ATMs and change counters, getting currency beforehand probably isn't necessary. While traditional traveler's checks have largely gone the way of the dinosaur, Visa and Travelex offer travel cards that are prepaid like traveler's checks but work like credit cards for purchases and ATM withdrawals. Both charge variable fees depending on how much money you're sending, where you're sending it and how your recipient will access it. You simply load money onto the currency you need onto the card and use it like a normal bank card. Otherwise you could find they are blocked on the first transaction by the anti-fraud department! Travellers cheques offer a good exchange, and are still popular in large hotels and resorts, particularly in the USA. A pre-paid currency card is useful if you're going for a longer break or to give to family members travelling independently.
These rates are usually wholesale rates available on amounts of $1 million or more, transferred electronically between banks. Also, when people wanted to avoid ATM fees when traveling abroad we would always suggest they use their ATM & Check Card at a bank and do a cash advance off the check card.
This way they don’t see a lot of transactions in an unusual place and put a hold on accounts. Whenever I travel, I hit up the local HSBC branch to get cash without any fees whatsoever from either my checking or online savings account, and on an as needed basis. My mother is more old school and feels the need to bring local currency etc, for my own part I bring my cards.
My biggest fear traveling aboard is ensuring I have enough currency to enjoy the trip with but also minimizing the risk of being robbed.
Like most western European males, he was a reflection of a continent under siege by a few dozen years of hardcore feminization. This practice is called power-posing and its applications are far beyond carrying money abroad. Applying it to budget, it means you’ll tend to spend exactly the amount of money available to you. I used to also put an inactive credit card in one of the real pockets, just to trick potential robbers and avoid being searched for a card. The travel card works like this; it is like your regular ATM debit card, but while your debit card has money in your local currency, the travel card has in foreign currency.
Also to note, some local banks, charge a fee(~4$) for using a different card in their machine, which your travel card can’t help. But soon I found out that the only saving I was making over the travel card was the fee for crediting my travel card account! Now in some countries(Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines) and some ATMs in some countries (Malaysia), there is a charge over the above that is charged by the local bank whose machine you are using to withdraw. And from my experience so far, it is impossible to plan exactly how much you will be spending!
Only place you can exchange them are banks and remember that banks have their office timings and holidays!
Perfect for your travel in South-East Asia, the US dollar is accepted everywhere and some countries(Cambodia, Myanmar) accept it the way it is! Plan your approximate budget and convert what you need in US dollar from your home country.
I was once stuck in Dubai for 24 hours (due to a missed connecting flight) and one fairly reputed hotel did not accept my American Express Card and it was good ‘ol USD which came to my rescue back then! Infact I never carry more than 100-200$ … so many pickpocketing cases around here…anyways so happy to see that your living a dream as a global citizen Enjoy !!! Read on for answers to these questions and a comprehensive roundup of all your currency conversion options when you're traveling overseas. And there are a few cards out there (many from Capital One) that do not charge any foreign transaction fees at all, not even the ones from Visa or MasterCard. Plus, if you're not home by the time the bills come in and you haven't made arrangements to pay them, you'll be hit with hefty finance charges on these advances. Designed to reduce fraud, these cards rely on an embedded chip that transmits information to a merchant, which the consumer then verifies by entering a PIN. Finally, get a phone number that you can use to call the company from overseas if your card is lost or stolen.
However, keep in mind you'll almost always get hit by a conversion fee from the merchant instead -- sometimes up to 5 percent -- so you may end up losing out on the deal.
Debit cards work pretty much the same as regular credit cards for purchases, but if your card is lost or stolen you may not have the same protection. The prepaid cards have plenty of fees too -- look out for activation fees, charges for reloading the card, ATM charges or inactivity fees. I am just waiting for the diners club locations accepting discover cards as discover card bought diners club recently and discover does not charge any foreign transaction fees.
This way you can get local currency without having to pay any ATM fees and there is no charge to do a cash advance (unless that local bank charges one which would be very unusual).
My own experience is that the majority of the world’s prime traveling spots unless you count major cities world doesn’t exactly have ATMs on every corner and credit card acceptance. The definitions of his deltoids and arms were so sculptured you might have easily thought he was a professional athlete.
If you’re an impulsive budget-traveler, tricking your mind and giving yourself a limited money-pool to spend each day will help you stay on track.
Also banks categorize some countries as “high risk” and if you use your card in these countries, you will be issued a new card once you are back! Unlike the other forms were we just had to pay some extra charges, the traveler’s cheque was not even convertible in many places. For value up to 1000$, take cash, the rest can be taken in traveller’s cheque or travel card. And ensure that you withdraw in bulk because most of the Indian banks, charge a fee and so would the local back.
If they do, make sure you clarify that the hold has been removed when you've paid your bill in full. Then again I have been careful to use foreign banks that do not charge you for using their ATMs. Also, if you are traveling to China, you can use your discover card for no foreign transaction fees with Union bank of china. Of course you are subject to your banks exchange rate but its just another option I thought Id throw out there.
This is also true in some of the poorer countries we’ve traveled to in Asia but that probably goes without saying! As a woman, I walk with my head up and avoid unnecessary eye contact.if someone mean mugs me, I move toward other women. To prevent the risk of total loss due to theft, split up the currency notes and keep in different bags. If you see charges you didn't make, call your creditor and ask them to dispute the charges.
Traditional checks from American Express are still sometimes useful as currency if you can't find a functioning ATM. If I’m out alone after dark and feel threatened like someone is following me, I ramble and rave like a schizo.
If you find yourself in this dilemma, your only alternatives are to find an attendant to scan your card or to use cash instead.
However, if you wait any longer, you could be responsible for hundreds of dollars in unauthorized charges.
For example, 2 people fake pick pocket you(trying to feel your pockets from the outside) and you’re distracted and another one takes something form your pocket. Should you decide to shop for something that you did not plan in advance, use your credit card (assuming the shopping area is not a flea market).
I personally would suggest using check card as credit at point-of-sale in foreign locations.



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