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Organising your spending money when going abroad
When you are jetting off abroad there is a great deal to try and think about and organise – it can be easy to forget about something as simple yet important as sorting out your spending money.

However, it is important to organise your spending money properly when going abroad, otherwise you could face security issues or costly charges that could put the dampeners on your holiday. It is best not to rely on any one particular source for your spending, and there are a number of options that you should look at to fund your spending whilst on holiday.

Most people benefit from taking a combination of cash and traveller’s cheques when going on holiday in order to ensure that they increase security for themselves. It is a good idea to take a credit card along as well for emergencies. If you take just cash on holiday with you and your money then gets lost or stolen, you could find yourself without any comeback, and you could be stranded without any money of means of paying for anything. This is why it is important to take a smaller amount of cash rather than relying solely on cash for your holiday spending.

Of course it is important to take a small amount of cash. This includes English currency for when you are travelling to and from the airport or departure point, and for any purchases you may want to make whilst at the airport/ferry port/departure point. You should also take a small amount of cash in the currency used in the destination to which you are travelling for things such as cab fares when you arrive and any smaller purchases you may wish to make on your first day before you have got yourself organized.

Most people prefer to take the bulk of their spending money in the form of traveller’s cheques, which are available from banks, post offices, and other foreign currency providers. You can get traveller’s cheques in Sterling as well as in other currencies. Although it can take a little longer to make a purchase using a traveller’s cheque instead of cash, you have the added security that you can quickly get your cheques replaced in the event that they are stolen or lost, although you should remember to note down the cheque numbers and the contact details for replacement sot that you have these details to hand whilst you are away.

Taking a credit card along for emergencies is another good idea. However, if possible you should avoid using your card unless you really have to, as you could find that the charges imposed by credit card companies for each transaction made can quickly add up, and you could have a shock when your statement comes through. In particular you should avoid using your card to make cash withdrawals whilst abroad, as the combined charges for making even one withdrawal a day can be very high.

Be careful about becoming the victim of credit card or debit card fraud whilst abroad, as recent reports have suggested that Brits have seen a rise in card fraud whilst abroad. Always be vigilant when you do use your card, and if your card goes missing make sure that you report it right away so that the account can be frozen to minimise on any fraudulent transactions or theft carried out using your card.

Posted on: [ November 21, 2018 ]       Add to Del.icio.us   Digg it   Add to Blinklist   Add to FUrl   StumbleUpon