It pays to keep your money safe when travelling. But there are things to do before going overseas – just to make sure you’re travel-ready. To help you prepare, let’s look at both scenarios.

How to keep your money safe overseas

Nothing kills the holiday vibe quicker than losing money. Here are some tips to keep your money safe when you’re travelling.

Carry some cash

It’s inevitable—you'll need cash when you travel. Even though card facilities are increasing at a great rate around the world, some merchants still insist on cash (e.g. buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, food outlets) – while others simply don’t have the option.

It’s always important to carry cash – just not too much.

Withdraw money safely

When using an ATM, be mindful of your safety. If someone follows you to a dark, secluded ATM, use your common sense. Make sure you do your dealings somewhere well lit and out in the open.

Again, don’t take out too much cash. If losing the amount you’ve just withdrawn will ruin your trip, you’re taking out more than you need.

Use debit cards, credit or travel cards

While some cash is a necessity, it’s often safer to use a credit card or travel card instead (at least where cards are accepted).

Unlike cash, if your card gets lost or stolen, you can block it immediately in the NAB app, NAB Internet Banking, or by calling us. It becomes useless if it falls into the wrong hands. And you haven't lost your money.

If you’ve got more than one card, don’t carry them together – otherwise you risk losing both. If your hotel room has a safe, leave one locked away while keeping the other in hand.

Wear a money belt

A money belt is a common travel accessory. Designed to be worn out of sight, they’re good for carrying cash and valuable documents.

But don’t confuse a money belt with a bum-bag, which you wear in plain view. No one should know you’re wearing a money belt, so don’t overfill it or wear it over your clothes.

Take multiple cards away with you

Whether it’s cash or a card, scatter your money around. Keep some in a backpack or handbag, some in luggage and some on your person. But just remember where you put it all.


Important information

The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, NAB recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. NAB recommends that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.

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