Planning to travel somewhere and saving money for that? Then surely you must be worried about how to carry that money safely while enjoying the trip right? Also, a few of us might have some questions like:
Trust me I have gone through this as well as a solo traveler. So based on my experience, I have prepared a list of tips to keep money safe while traveling:
As they say, never put all your efforts in one thing to avoid loss, we travelers say never keep all your money and cards in one place. Despite following all the measures just in case any thief got access to your one pocket it will be still a smaller loss than losing everything you got. So always split up your cash and cards in multiple places based on your requirement to use them.
Apart from splitting up and hiding your cash, always ensure you keep the smaller bills and coins easily accessible for yourself. It saves you from a lot of bad situations like buying a 1 euro souvenir with a 50 euro bill where the shop keeper might not have enough change or will try to talk you in buying more then you need. 🙂
Do you really need that grocery store membership card on your trip or your local library card or any such other card which you won’t be able to use at all in that other country? No? Then try to leave all such extra cards at home and only carry the ones you will actually be using on a daily basis to roam around the city or in an emergency while traveling. The thicker your wallet is the more chances it will draw all the attention by pickpockets.
Traveling solo makes you smarter than others and you have to trust me with this. I have been hiding (trying to keep it safe) my money while traveling alone and the places are always different which makes me feel like I have got a master’s degree in this now, lol.
Always gather info about the currency before traveling, like the exchange rates, the denominations, acceptable notes or coins, etc. Once you have enough info about the above then I guess you might end up avoiding money exchanges completely and that’s what I recommend also. But if this is your last option then try to do below:
I always make a checklist for my travel plans and calling my bank to inform them that I am traveling is one of the tasks in the checklist. Below are some things you might need to discuss with your bank before traveling:
Buy a cheap wallet, fake enough to look like a real one you could use. Such wallets can help you when you are traveling in a place known for pickpockets or muggings. Stuff the tiniest denomination of local currency and some fake credit cards you get at malls just to make it look real. These wallets work as a shield for your main wallets and keep pickpockets busy before they get to the real one. In a situation where you are actually getting mugged, you can throw this and run, as it buys you time to escape to safety with your real wallet.
If you love to travel or your job makes you travel a lot then it’s wise to invest in an anti-theft bag. Usually, these bags are safe from all the possible scenarios one could face. Most of them have features like cut-proof, steel-cable-reinforced shoulder straps; slash-proof fabric; and locking zippers. I won’t mention any brand name here as it looks like I am promoting them but you can always visit Amazon app to find out some amazing bags or do a google search for anti-theft bags, surely you will get something amazing.
These cards basically can be used in all types of transportation systems and can get you access to the local tourist places easily. So if you are traveling to any such country where you can use these cards then grab one. It’s always better to use such cards everywhere instead of grabbing cash out of your pocket all the time and inviting unwanted attention from people. I have used them most of the time in Europe as they are convenient, less expensive and time saver as well.
There are a lot of apps that can keep your money safe and are widely accepted in the world by most of the stores. Apps like PayPal, Google pay, Venmo, etc. are accepted at most of the tourist destinations. You can easily pay with them and no need to reach into your wallet all the time.