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1. Posted by conorw (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hello, I'm planning a trip all across southeast asia, and possibly on to Russia, Nepal, and Spain. I'm curious what most people do about money. I'd like to bring a debit card, but I'm currently teaching in Korea and I can't withdraw money with my Bank of America card ANYWHERE in Korea. Any reccommendations?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

My debit card has worked so far in most destinations... it's got a maestro logo on the back which seems to be the most accepted. Otherwise cirrus is good too. Having either of those on the back of a debit card will get you a long way!

What logos does the bank of america card hold?

Cheers,

Sam

3. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

I use Visa Electron with the sign "PLUS" at the back. It works with any ATM machine with the sign "PLUS."

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

That's also a popular debit card and very widely accepted!

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I like cash ... $US dollars are widely accepted

6. Posted by conorw (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

my bank of american visa/debit card has a tone of emblems on the back including plus, pulse, and interlink, however, it only works at about 1 in 10 ATMs here in Korea.

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I have no problems with my Visa and Mastercard debit cards overseas. However, as a precaution, check with your local bank whether the cards you have are widely accepted. When you withdraw money from ATMs, a fixed charge (usually $5 in your local currency) is deducted. There is no fixed charge for debit card transactions.

Always bring some spare cash. Maybe have some Korean won handy so that you can exchange for foreign currency at any money changer outlet.

Hope it helps.