I went to take out cash and the machine ate my card, or told me to contact my bank! HELP!!
- let your bank know ahead of time that you will be traveling for an extended period of time to multiple countries around the world, and to make sure to not put any holds on your card. If you know you itinerary give it to them. Make sure they have a way of contacting you in case of emergencies if they notice suspicious activity before they put holds on your cards. Let them know that you will not be able to walk into a branch to get a new card anytime soon, and blocking your cards might end up costing them a lot of money.
- Make sure you sign up for bank accounts that give you bank cards on the Visa of Plus system. These days you can find major banks around the world that will accept those.
- Know your pin numbers.
- Treat every transaction as a momentous event in your life. Don’t take out money while you’re drunk, tipsy, or in a hurry. Check ATMs for suspicious objects and try to use only the ones inside the bank. Most of the time while you’re traveling you’re taking out large sums of cash, a lot more than you would at home. Taking out $20 is not an option when you’re paying for transaction fees, so you need to be aware of your surroundings and how you’ll conceal your cash immediately. But I digress.
- A machine will only take your card or refuse a transaction if your card has a block, you’ve entered wrong information multiple times, your card doesn’t work on the system, or foul play is suspected. Make sure none of those happen and you’ll be fine.
- You’ve got another card, remember, so use that one for a while and follow the steps above for contacting your bank and getting a new card rushed to you. This really shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve prepared yourself.
We hope these tips will help.
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