Prevent This Mishap and Have a Brilliant Getaway
Credit card, debit card or cash?
Who’s Working on Summer Travel Plans?
It’s fun isn’t it? Sometimes I think I enjoy the planning process almost as much as the holiday itself. I love the satisfying acts of researching all my options, crafting an intuitive and budget-friendly itinerary, and adding a little something special for everyone. Obviously I thrive on finding the best deals on flights, car rentals and lodging. And I LOVE to see the look on my travel companion’s faces when they realize just how much money I’ve saved us all and the grand adventure we are about to experience. BUT international travel does come with its share of unexpecteds which have the ability to throw a big wrench into an otherwise budget-friendly experience if you’re not careful.
I’ve learned some travel lessons the hard way. That’s why today’s topic is coming to you straight from a sticky note attached to the wall above my desk entitled, “Don’t do this again!” It’s a list of mishaps that I have turned into check-off reminders before I depart for any international holiday.
What’s at the top of the list? Bring a debit card!
So again, it’s true that you can easily travel to most of Europe without a debit card or any cash whatsoever, but take it from me….you’ll never forget the things you missed out on if you fail to have a little cash in your pocket. I remember basically missing the entire Christmas Market experience in Graz, Austria, one December with my daughter because all I had was a credit card and USD, and every bank was closed. I have missed out on funicular rides and bathroom breaks where I’ve had to rush for blocks back to my hotel to find free facilities. I’ve missed out on small museums and chestnuts on a cold November night. The list of little things goes on and on.
Was my journey still AMAZING despite what I missed? Absolutely!!! But a few extra Euros in my pocket sure would have been nice.
Happy travels, wherever your summer itinerary leads!