Money Management for Travelers and Tourist

 

Money Management for Travelers and Tourist

MY NORMAL SYSTEM

I CARRY ON ME:

  1. 2 ATM
  2. 200 U.S.A. Dollars (United States of America)

This works for:

  1. North America
  2. Central America
  3. South America
  4. Europe
  5. Southeast Asia - Thailand and around.
  6. Most of India with care to have money when available.

PROBLEM COUNTRIES:

  1. Iraq
  2. Any war country
  3. India is a little lax on ATM's

MY IRAQ SYSTEM

I carried 2000 Dollars U.S. in cash and stayed in 20 Dollars and below Hotels.

THE ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED SYSTEM

  1. 1 months in U.S. Dollars. (Euros are still a problem. Dollars are KING)
  2. 1 Credit Card.
  3. 2 Debit Cards or ATM cards from different systems. i.e. Cirrus and Plus.
  4. The whole trips worth of money in Travelers Checks
  5. This system is guaranteed that you will spend twice the money you budget.
  6. You need a person at home to help with banking.

HOME COUNTRY CONTACT

  1. Friend or Family you trust.
  2. If you will not loan this person money, it is the wrong person.
  3. They must be available by email.
  4. They must be able to speak on the telephone. They should speak your language.
  5. They should have a permanent address and do not move much, they would own their house.
  6. Bank officers normally suck, and are not good at helping in a quick fashion.

TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO CARRY - WRONG!

FIRST E-MAIL ALL THIS INFORMATION TO THE INTERNET AND PUT IN A FOLDER

  1. Trusted friends name, address, telephone number and email address.
  2. Banks telephone numbers.
  3. All your bank accounts and such.
  4. Scan all your ID, Cards, Passports, and such and send to email box.

All this is under the premise that you get robbed in a country. The strip you naked and you have nothing.

RULES OF THUMB ON MONEY

  1. Have 1 months money in cash either local, dollars, or maybe Euros.
  2. When it gets down to 1 or maybe a 2 week supply, go get one more months.
  3. Backpacking is easy on 15 dollars U.S. per day in underdeveloped countries. 25 if you are drinking and doing drugs.
  4. Europe and the USA is easy also for me on 20 per day, but I recommend you budget 35.
  5. All this is under the premise that you get robbed in a country. The strip you naked and you have nothing.

ATM: Automatic Teller Machines or Bank cards.

  1. (ATM) Automatic Teller Machine Cards are called bank cards where you have a PIN Personal Identification number or password and you insert the card into the machine to withdraw money.
  2. The have little tags or symbols on the back. I have a CIRRUS and a PLUS card. If you have the SAME symbol on the back of your cards this will mean... YOU ONLY HAVE ONE TYPE OF ATM. This is a huge problem if that one computer system is down.

TRAVELER CHECKS

  1. Cash is taken everywhere. Traveler Checks are not. This is not for your spending money, this is to use when you have no money.

CREDIT CARDS

  1. Do not get cash advances.
  2. Do not pay with credit cards.
  3. They are for extreme emergencies when you need to abort rule 1 and 2.
  4. The only thing I pay with by credit card is for Airplane Tickets inside the Airport. Not at a travel agent under any condition. I use cash, and go to the ATM money and extract money.

PAYING HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS:

  1. I never recommend you use a credit card to pay hotels or restaurant.
  2. Pay in local money.

BANKING ONLINE:

  1. Normally you must know how to download in the internet cafe a 128 Bit Encryption program form microsoft.com. If you do not know how to do this, and maybe you will have a problem.
  2. The only 2 I know are good ... maybe -   1. Nationalcity.com   2. Citibank.com Expensive but worldwide 3. Paypal.com can be used as a bank, but is dangerous because if you access in some countries like Thailand they may just shut you off.

TRANSFERRING MONEY

  1. This is sometimes easy if the same name and the same bank. But for a transfer from one name to another name. I make the bank or the account name the payee and send a check from my Nationalcity.com account to the bank address. I place in the memo section the account number. The cost is basically free, but may take up to 3 weeks to occur
  2. Paypal.com Works also.

HAVING PEOPLE PAY YOU?
Accept credit cards:
paypal.com
Have them mail a check to your bank: I use National City Bank  Nationalcity.com
Citibank.com Expensive but worldwide

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. I put money in my side hand pocket, then twist the pocket inside so anything inside is trapped inside the twist.
  2. My secret pockets solve most problems. Click Here.
  3. Change - or "No Change" - Whenever possible give a bigger bill to the large shops, or people you do not like and get small change. A taxi, bus, or small vendor may try to keep your extra money. Do not let them cheat you, that only encourages them

CHEATING YOU

  1. Do not allow them to short change you or cheat you in anyway. This encourages the culture or teaches them that this is OK.
  2. Do not allow them to cheat you or you will in the end hate or resent the country, and remember the times they cheated you and not the good things.


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