Travel Tuesday: Carrying Money on Vacation!

BY: - 29 Jan '13 | Travel

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2013 is the year of the informed traveler and BMWK family we are back with more travel tips for you, our favorite travelers! This week’s tips will help you keep your money safe and sound while traveling to your dream destination.

Everyone likes to carry a little cash on them even while on vacation. That has always been the norm but in the current economy we have to be more aware of pick pockets and pack smart and safe even in terms of our money.

Tips #1 – Carry a travel wallet. If you’re like me and your everyday wallet is full of rewards cards for all of your favorite stores and coupons, you need a travel wallet. Your travel wallet is a stripped down version with your trip’s money necessities. Included in your travel wallet should be your ID, 2 credit cards, and a little cash (in small denominations). The less you carry in your travel wallet, the less you have to replace if it is lost/stolen.

Tip # 2 – Divide your money and credit cards and carry them in separate places. Life rule…never put all your eggs in one basket. The same goes for money/valuables while traveling. Carry some cash and a credit card in your travel wallet and some in your carry-on bag. This way if either is lost/stolen or misplaced you still have some money to get you to your destination/hotel where you can regroup.

Tip #3 – Use on body storage and anti-theft bags. When traveling to known pick pocket destinations (like some European countries) or if you are staying in a hotel without an in-room safe, on body storage bags/purses are an excellent way to protect your valuables. Fanny packs are out kids! (lol) The new sleeker bags/pouches that you can hide under clothes are awesome. Check out the “passport buddy” by Store Smart (personal organization section). You can carry your passport, ID, cash, and more underneath your clothes with this comfortable and durable anti-theft case/bag.

Tip #4 – Use money alternatives when possible. The golden rule of travel is to never use your debit card when traveling. That’s why I am a fan of using pre-paid debit cards. There are several on the market, but my favorite is the American Express pre-paid card. It gives users all the security and perks of the credit card with the advantage of pre-loading a specific budgeted amount for travel. It is also accepted worldwide at the same locations as the American Express card. If lost or stolen, your funds are instantly replaced.

These are just a few tips to help you keep your hard earned cash safe on vacation and protect your identity.

BMWK family — What are some of your cash carrying vacation tips?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Travel Tuesday: Our Top 3 Valentine’s Day Getaways!

BY: - 5 Feb '13 | Travel

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Does your sweetheart love to travel? If the answer is yes, giving a fabulous mini vacation as a Valentine’s Day is a great idea! Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner we decided to help just a little. We’ve selected three fabulous destinations that will make fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts.

Our first getaway takes us to the beautiful island of Grand Bahama and the luxurious Grand Lucayan resort. Perfectly located on sparkling white beaches and surrounded by warm blue waters, Grand Lucayan has been described as the islands’ finest resort. Guests enjoy access to 8 restaurants, 3 pools, a professional level 18-hole golf course, 4 tennis courts, and a fabulous spa. Does the Grand Lucayan sound like a great place to vacation with your sweetheart? Living Social Escapes thinks so and for a limited time you can enjoy 4 nights (for 2) in an ocean view suite for the amazing price of $379 (Travel between May 1-September 30)! Click here to book this fabulous Valentine’s Day Getaway today.

Sandals.com wants you to give the ‘Ultimate Gift of Love’ this Valentine’s Day. Book a getaway at select Sandals resort and save 65%, receive a $175 Red Lane Spa credit and also receive upto a $325 airfare credit. Remember Sandals resorts are the luxury included all-inclusive resorts. Your only dilemma with this deal will be which of the 12 resorts to choose from for your getaway. Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua and the Bahamas are included in this fabulous deal. Visit www.sandals.com to book your getaway.

We saved the best deal for last. Our third Valentine’s Day getaway takes us to Vegas Baby! The deal of the day is in a beautiful, luxurious resort 30 minutes off the Vegas strip. The Aliante Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas is truly a diamond in the desert. This new destination features luxurious suites, a 24-hour casino, fabulous outdoor pool, and an exclusive IMAX movie theater. After seeing the latest movie on the ultimate big screen you can salsa the night away at the hotel’s Latin dance party. Sounds like a great couples’ getaway right? Well, Groupon agrees and they are giving this one away at the amazing price of…wait for it…$25 per night! Stop reading and click here to buy this deal today.

Have a loving Valentine’s Day!

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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