Keeping your Holiday Money Safe

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Every year, millions of people head off to foreign climes for their annual holiday, and for the vast majority of them the trip offers (and delivers) a wonderful experience, visiting exotic locations and discovering more about the world around them. For most of us, the yearly vacation is always a pleasant activity, and it’s one that we plan to repeat time and time again in the coming decades.

For an unfortunate few, however, it can all turn sour in a moment if something disastrous occurs. One of the most common things to go wrong is for the tourist to lose his or her money, whether it is because of an accident or perhaps a criminal act. The emotional upheaval and the administrative inconvenience caused by such an incident can ruin the whole trip, and will leave the visitor with a negative image that will stay with them forever.

There are steps that can be taken to lessen the chance of such an eventuality, however, and which every potential tourist should be aware of. First and foremost, there’s no point whatsoever in carrying large amounts of cash with you throughout the holiday. Almost every destination offers ATM facilities nowadays, so you can simply make a sufficient withdrawal as and when you need to.

Keep cash out of view

Keeping cash in a money belt or bum-bag is a sensible choice, and of course it makes sense to avoid any unsavoury neighbourhoods, especially at night. Before travelling, it’s always a good idea to do a little research on your destination, just in case there are places which you should stay away from. Taking traveller’s cheques instead of cash is still a viable strategy, especially if you take note of their serial numbers before you travel.

If you are able to book goods and services in advance via the worldwide web so much the better. Looking for car hire deals when you arrive at a destination is likely to prove frustrating, but if you use the Internet a week or two before the trip the chances are you’ll find an exceptional bargain, such is the power of comparison websites. Similarly, items such as theme park tickets are often cheaper if pre-booked.

Finally, one issue that’s often overlooked is what you should do if you discover your money has been stolen. There are several calls you will need to make, but the first should be to the local police. Therefore, it makes sense to ascertain their phone number before you travel, just in case the worst scenario occurs. You should also make sure you have the emergency number of your bank and credit card provider as well.