I’m constantly asked, “How do you carry your cash when you travel?”
My answer has several parts to it:
1. I keep some small change in the local currency in my pocket where it’s easily accessible. I use this for small purchases at markets and for rickshaw rides or other forms of public transportation.
2. I then keep a larger quantity of cash (either in local currency or in U.S. dollars), some travelers checks and a debit and/or credit card in a money pouch. I keep this attached to my body, under my clothes, in one way or another: either a neck, waist or leg pouch. This money is for larger purchases (souvenirs, a nice meal out, etc.). I also carry my passport or a copy of it in this same pouch.
3. Finally, as long as I feel that my room is safe, I leave the bulk of my money and travelers checks in my luggage (zipper locked shut with a cable lock attached to a stationery piece of furniture) or in my room’s safe. (I never leave valuables in the hotel’s safe behind the desk.)
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How do you carry YOUR money when you travel? Comment here and I’ll include you in a drawing to win your very own ETA money pouch. Deadline is September 30th. (Please – all should feel free to comment but the contest is open to North American residents only – unless you want to pay the postage
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