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5 smart ways to keep your money safe while traveling


1. Divide your money

Based on experience this is the best travel tip: Split your money and credit cards. keep them in two or three places, in case you get robbed or your lose or forget your bag. Having money in different places will assure you have some cash and credit card for any emergency. Try to put this emergency cash in a inconspicuous spot, such as your toiletries bag, no one wants to steal your toothbrush.

2. Use the safe

The safe is the best spot to put your valuables while traveling to protect from theft. If your room does not have one, ask at the front desk. Yet, if you do not have good memory or are always in a rush be careful. It is really easy to forget about it until you are in the airport or even worst in the plane. A nice recommendation is to leave a note in your suitcase or add a reminder in your phone saying to check the safe.

3. Bring what you need and not more

When traveling we want to as few items as possible. Not only is it lighter but it is easier to keep track of our belongings. We have a wallet just for traveling. You will not be needing your library or grocery loyalty card.  In our travel wallet we carry: insurance card, two travel credit cards, cash (USD and some local currency) and of course our student ID’s. Do not forget your student ID’s if you still have one, they provide lots of discounts.

4. Carry your money in your front pocket

Try and keep your wallet in your front pocket, it is easiest for you to reach and keep track of. If you are wearing jeans take advantage of the coin pocket. It is much harder for pickpocket to reach into your front pocket than a purse, backpack or back pocket.

We know some might use a money belt, but they can be inconvenient and draw unwanted attention to yourself . If you do use one, only access it in private and keep some smaller bills in your front pocket.

5. Use Money Alternatives

In high-traffic settings such as metro stations and close quarters like bus lines, it’s nice to be able to forgo cash or credit-card transactions totally and rely instead on a multi-use ticket or other cash alternative. If you’re in a city where the public-transportation system offers multi-use cards (for instance, London’s Oyster card or San Francisco’s Clipper card) or where you can buy a bunch of tickets at once (like a “carnet” on the Paris metro, which gets you 10 single-ride tickets for one discounted price), then take advantage. You’ll reduce your chances of losing your wallet simply by retrieving and stowing it fewer times.

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