It happened to me. The reason why I’m ALWAYS traveling with two bank cards happened to me. I knew it was going to at some point, I just didn’t know when. And last week was my “lucky” moment.
There are many reasons why you should be traveling with two bank cards. These are a few of the reasons:
• Some people don’t know the difference between ‘mine’ and ‘yours’.
• It can happen that an ATM will swallow your card.
• You can loose your card.
• Someone can misuse your card details, so you’ll have to block it.
The last thing happened to me last week. Some scumbag decided to use my card details to order take away. I noticed almost straight away as I check my bank account several times a day. I’m paranoid when it comes to my money.
I rang my bank up even though it was 2 AM in Denmark and they blocked the card immediately and I’m now in the process of getting my money back.
Luckily, I was super organised before I went on this trip, so I had a backup card hidden in my backpack. Now, imagine if I hadn’t had a spare card with me. I don’t even want to think about it. I wouldn’t be able to access my money, I would have to find a Western Union every time I needed cash (and I don’t like carrying a lot of cash on me!), I would need my mum’s help if I needed to book any transport online. That’s not exactly how I imagine freedom.
I’m now down to just one bank card, but I’m not stressing because I have a new card arriving at my accommodation in Borneo shortly. Hopefully this week.
So people, whether you’re going on a trip around the world or if you’re just heading on a two week vacation, I want you to make sure that you are traveling with two bank cards – as a minimum. It’s such a simple thing to sort out, so remember it. Nobody wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no money, 13000 km from home.
Are you traveling with two bank cards? Let me know by leaving a comment.