how much cash do you take with you when you travel

Canada
January 9, 2009 12:23pm CST
when i went to disney last month i was holding a thousand dollars. my mother was concerned that was too much to hold on to. however because i live in cananda i had to previously exchange my money to american money and i did that months before my trip when the exchange rate was good. so i didn't want to use credit or debit cards while there cause at the time of the trip the exchange rate wasn't good so that's why i carried lots of cash
5 responses
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 09
I take cash and my debit card when I travel. That is because I have found costs can higher than travel guide books suggest. I think about my budget per day and overall travel costs like train fares. I have had times with a good exchange rate and times when I have had a bad exchange rate. I spent more money in the Maldives than I could have imagined before I went on that very pricey trip. It made the Seychelles look far better value. When I first began traveling Europe I needed lots of different currencies now many of them have the euro. I am going to South Africa next week and have exchanged some British Pounds for some South African Rand. I will take as much cash as my travel insurance will cover and have my debit card to get more if that runs out.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
have a good and safe trip. you seem to travel a lot. i'd love to travel to europe
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 09
Many thanks. Yes, I travel whenever I can. It is my top hobby you see. I traveled around Europe by train when I was 18 and since then I have been back many times. I hope that you will visit Europe and see every place that you wish to.
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• Canada
9 Jan 09
i have a little girl at home so i know i won't be going any time soon. i've always wanted to backpack through europe and i'm hoping she will want to someday. i'm hoping when she's a teenager we can go together.
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
10 Jan 09
My husband and I take very little cash with us and use our debit cards. It is safer than carrying a lot of cash. I have used my debit card all over the USA and also in six European countries. A debit card is a lot easier to hide than a load of cash. If it gets stolen or lost a call to your bank will stop it immediately.
• India
10 Jan 09
well in travelling i do cash but not much but i was taking cash in my debit card so that i can use any were to take out any amount from any were and there is no danger also to travel with debit card because if some wrong thing happens with you then you can also hide it any were you wanted and you no need to tell password
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• United States
9 Jan 09
I think carrying lots of cash in your pocket is not good. I know when my husband and I travel we mainly will just carry maybe like $50 in our pockets and the rest on a card. I think that it is a lot safer than just having loads of cash on you. Because if you lose it or something, then you know that that card will compensate you for the money that you have lost. Where as if you lost cash, then you would not possibly be able to get that cash back.
• United States
9 Jan 09
There are a lot of variables. Where am I going, how long will I be there? am I traveling for buisness or pleasure? As a rule I try to avoid carrying a lot of cash.
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