I have a quick question and need the advice of people who have travelled before. In Jan i leave for an around the world trip trhough Asia, oz, NZ & S.America for 1 Year. I need to know exactly what to do with all my cash & important documents i will have.
My boyfriend has bought a secure money belt & intends to look after our cash in that at all times. But what about, credit cards, travellers cheques, passport etc. Surely it is not best to keep them all in the same place.
What things should we keep together & where should we keep all the other things??
i kept my cc, debit, etc. where i always do...in my wallet. just put it in my front pocket so whenever i was in a crowded area i just put my hand in my pocket. passport stayed in my daypack, my wife had our traveller's cheques in her daypack. we kept copies of all our important documents in an envelope in her big backpack. we didn't use a moneybelt at all. seems too awkward and attention getting.
I had a wallet and a money belt (under the clothes type). I kept my drivers license and spending money in my wallet which I attached to my belt with a choke chain from a pet store (thus making it hard to steal). I kept everything else (credit cards, cash, Travellers cheques (a waste of time, by the way) and passport) in the money belt hidden from view.
If I needed to withdraw money, use a credit card or access my passport I would take it out and put it in the wallet that day prior to leaving. If I realized that I needed them and was already on the road, I would go into a bathroom stall and take them out. I would never access my money belt in view of other people.
I have photocopies of my passport, visas and credit card information with me, as well as a copy at home and scanned images in my mail account, making it easily accessible from anywhere.
If I had a nice boyfriend to travel with I would get two of those money belts and split things, rather than him carrying all the money. That way if the worst happens and he gets robbed or whatever you've not lost everything.
Having said that, I have a feeling my money belt will drive me totally up the wall. Fine in a European winter when you can sandwich it between layers of clothes but in hot places worn next to the skin it can't be too nice. I'm not sure its too well hidden either under thin cotton.
Can't think of a better way round it though.....