For Australian Cyclists travelling and touring OS
I just spent a week in Spain and Andorra and used plastic to access cash from North America and elsewhere.
In June-August (and perhaps more) I will use the same approach to access cash. My ONLY CAVEAT is to have more than one access card. I have been on places (Gold Coast airport) where NO CARD worked Bummer for that airport (International is what they call themselves)
I spent a year touring and use the following:
Citibank Plus from Australia - no fees, Visa daily rate, good network in North America
If you can get one in the UK, the two accounts to get are a Halifax credit card and a Norwich & Peterborough debit card. Both fee-free and you get the Visa daily rate.
About to head off for another year- yippee!
My friend found herself in trouble with a cash passport card in France. Her bank (ME) would only allow her to put money into the card after she had received an sms with a pin code from them. They would only send it to her registered Telephone number which was back home.
Unfortunately we had only LeFrench mobile sim cards ( in case we got separated on our trip). Next time she will take her telstra sim card as well. She finally resolved the issue by photographing a letter requesting the money be transferred and emailing it as an attachment. I think it took 5 days to resolve this owing to time zones and different staff handling the issue each day.
I went with lots of euros around my neck (along with the passport) and a visa debit card with a visa credit card as back up. Only needed a couple of withdrawals in 7 weeks. Lots of accommodation in France and Italy was paid using PayPal which was handy.
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