What to do with money when traveling?

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What to do with money when traveling?

Postby lorkat89 » Wed May 30, 2012 2:13 pm

In two months me and a friend are going on vacation in a different state. One of her coworkers went and used their card (not sure if it was debit or credit) and got their identity stolen. Usually I am a cash only person, but my friend says we might need between $500-$1000 each. I don't think it'd be safe to have that much money on us, especially since if something happens we won't have money for gas for the way home.

So I was thinking of getting either one of those temporary prepaid cards (they don't have a name attached, I don't think) or a Visa giftcard and put half of my money on one of those and carry the other half in cash. Or get two gift cards and just keep enough cash to pay for my half of the room and gas. What do you think? Any better ideas?
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Postby Money card » Wed May 30, 2012 9:24 pm

Are you and your friend going on a cruise or a sight seeing vacation where you stay at a hotel?

do you have a checking account with a lot of money in it? how long will you be gone?

let's say that you and your friend are going to Chicago this is an example, I would take 20.00 for taxi ride from the airport to your hotel. I would also take a debit card when you get to your hotel you can ask somebody where they have a the same bank as your debit card and then you can get how much cash you need.

if there's no bank in that particular area, ask somebody where there's a cvs, walmart, a grocery store. you can then buy a candy bar and tell the cashier that you need money. put in your pin numbers and tell them how much cash you want.

this is what I did when me and my parents went to Sarasota Florida, we went to a publix

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu May 31, 2012 6:18 pm

Use a credit card if possible especially when you are staying in the states. Atleast you have the protection of the cc company should you lose your card. Lose cash and that's it.
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Postby NYC_Dweller » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:35 pm

i use my amex 99% of the time, i use my visa for the other percent when amex in not accepted. in my opinion i kind of feel ripped off when i use cash since i don't get anything out of it (such as points). now that i think of it i only use cash for tips in restaurants since the wait staff appreciates this more and any other tips that i give (valet, doorman, room service, hotel maid staff, etc...).

as mentioned, there is no protection in using cash and a debit card. i carry my debit card with me at all times just in case i need more cash than what i already have in my pocket.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:32 am

NYC_Dweller wrote:i use my amex 99% of the time, i use my visa for the other percent when amex in not accepted. in my opinion i kind of feel ripped off when i use cash since i don't get anything out of it (such as points). now that i think of it i only use cash for tips in restaurants since the wait staff appreciates this more and any other tips that i give (valet, doorman, room service, hotel maid staff, etc...).

as mentioned, there is no protection in using cash and a debit card. i carry my debit card with me at all times just in case i need more cash than what i already have in my pocket.


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