A Few Ways To Protect Yourself And Your Money While On Holiday

When you go on vacation, no matter where you go, there are risks. If you’re visiting a new area you could get lost, or run into other trouble. You risk a vehicle breakdown on road trips, problems with your flight, and more.

While you don’t want to dwell on all of the negative things that could happen on your vacation you do want to be prepared for them, just in case. That means taking a small first aid kit with you, having people checking up on your home, ensuring your money is safe, and even having a plan set in place for whatever emergency might come your way.

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Use Credit instead Of Cash
Cash is kind of a no-no when it comes to vacationing. While you may find shops that only take cash, having cash stuffed in your pockets puts you at risk for losing money. You might not even get nabbed by a pickpocket, you could simply drop a bill or two when you pull money out of your pocket to pay something.

Having a credit card on hand can be a good thing on vacation or not. On vacation it allows you to not have cash on hand, and when you do need cash you have easy access to banks or atms. It’s also much easier to cancel a stolen credit card than it is to replace stolen cash.

Do People Still Use Traveler’s Checks
Yes, people still do use traveler’s checks. They are a great backup to have on hand just in case you cannot find an atm for your credit card and you need to pay cash someplace. However, the downfall of this way of paying is that the exchange rate isn’t always so great.

Don’t Keep All Your Cash In One Place
If you do have cash on you when you go on vacation you don’t want to keep it all in one place, and you definitely never want to leave cash alone in your hotel room. While you want to trust the people that work at such establishments, it’s better to protect your money instead.

When you’re carrying cash on you put some in your purse, some in a pants pocket, and maybe even find one more place to stash some. If there are more than one of you on vacation, using the same funds, have your other person, or people, carry some of it as well.

Have A Backup Plan
Money isn’t the only important matter when it comes to vacation, but you should have a backup for it too. Having multiple forms of ways to spend, from credit cards to traveler’s checks, can be useful, but you also want to consider your health and more.

Get your vaccines if you are going out of your own home country. Have a tune up done on your car if you’re taking a road trip. And pack all of the right safety and emergency equipment if you’re going hiking, camping, or planning to scale a mountain.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring!
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