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Safe spending while travelling abroad

Although travelling to a new city, country or continent is a thrilling and enjoyable experience, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers of arriving in a new place. Safe spending while travelling abroad is vital to a successful trip.

While much of the world, and a great number of people in it, are incredibly friendly and helpful, there are always those that want or need to take advantage of travellers who don’t know their way around a new place.

One of the most important things to be wary of is how secure your money, cards and passport are. Without a safe way of making purchases or withdrawing cash, you’ll often find yourself in a lot of difficulty. With this in mind, how can you ensure you look after your finances while abroad?

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Card protection

Many modern debit and credit cards will boast an impressive array of anti-fraud measures that help make spending on your trip that much safer. Pick one with a variety of security features, including an online fraud protection guarantee, 24/7 customer service, purchase protection benefit and travel insurance options when travel is paid for on the card. Having a card that helps protect you while away is a brilliant way to stay safe, even if you don’t make that many purchases on it.

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Secure storage

Making sure you keep your money, credit cards and passport in a safe place is vital when it comes to being careful abroad. If you can, leave anything valuable that you don’t require on you at all times in the hotel for safekeeping.

For those things you need to carry, try and find a comfortable money belt that will fit under your clothes. No matter where you are in the world, keeping valuables in your pocket is an easy way for things to go missing.

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Be sensible

Finally, try and use common sense as much as possible. Don’t flash cash around or let it be known where you keep valuables. Try not to keep all your important cards and travel documents in the same place to prevent them all going missing at once if something does go wrong.

Make a photocopy of your passport if possible. It will be much easier for your embassy to help you if you do carry a copy for them to use and identify you with.

By Natasha von Geldern

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