Emergency Cash: The Most Important Thing Besides Your Passport
Preparing to go on vacation can be very exciting and stressful at the same time. Organizing flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc. are all very important factors when determining how successful a trip is going to be. You also have to make sure all of your documents are intact: passports and airline tickets included; there is also something else that is very important a traveler should bring: spare money- cash to be exact!
Let me tell you a quick story: I recently traveled to Houston, TX where I had hotel and car reservations set and ready to go for the evening. Unfortunately, my flight was four hours late causing me to miss all of my reservations. Because I am afraid to travel with tons of cash, I only had my credit cards and of course the spare one hundred dollar bill I carry when I travel. Once I got off the plane to find that the rental company was closed for the night I had no choice but to summons a taxi cab to drive me to my destination. When I got inside of the cab he alerted me that he could only accept cash, good thing I had my spare Ben Franklin. Once I got to the hotel, I was informed that their credit card machine was broken and that they would only be able to accept cash for the night- thank goodness once again for my spare change! To make matters more difficult, I was extremely hungry and decided to grab a bite to eat at a small diner, and guess what-they only accepted cash! By the end of the night, I used $94 dollars of my spare bill.
Traveling is a very enjoyable thing to do for most people but can sometimes be very hectic and chaotic. Making sure you have backups sure make things a little bit smoother. Spare passport copies, spare itineraries, and most importantly carrying spare cash can take a lot of hassle out of your vacation. So get together your credit cards (and your spare cash), gather all of your important documents the night before, and make sure you relax knowing that you have everything in order.
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