A few years ago, I went travelling across Europe as part of a Contiki tour.
Travelling to 10 different countries in 16 days, it was quite the adventure – from meeting new people to discovering new places.
As if learning the different cultures, languages and foods wasn’t enough, getting a grip of all the different currencies, including Pounds, Euro’s and Swiss Francs, was another challenge on its own.
Amidst all the up and down, the adventure and the fun, the last thing anyone would want on a holiday like this was the worry of not having enough cash, or not having enough cash in the right currency, especially while travelling to so many different countries.
Constantly having to draw cash at the ATM’s, or using my South African ATM cards to swipe, having to carry cash with me, or even having to find a Bureau de Change in every new country proved to be a shlep and often very costly. Thankfully, with the passing of time, also came the passing of older travelling trends and the introduction of new ones.
If only I knew then what I know now, I would have gone with the option of using the Standard Bank TravelWallet.
The card is a quick, easy and convenient way of paying for goods or doing transactions while anywhere abroad, providing you with peace of mind.
TravelWallet is a prepaid MasterCard that’s as simple to use as any other ATM and payment card.
Swipe your card wherever you see the MasterCard sign. You can also withdraw money at any ATM bearing the Cirrus or MasterCard logo, giving you access to your money wherever you are in the world, at any time.
The great thing about this product is that it is available in Euros, US Dollars, Pound Sterling and Australian dollars and no matter which currency you get your card issued in, it works across currencies and you can draw money in the currency of the country that you are visiting.
If you thought things couldn’t get any better, think again because the Standard Bank TravelWallet also allows you to keep track of your account and ensures that you are notified every time you use your card by registering to get an SMS, alerting you of your card usage. With this product, you can also have access to a free online statement. For more on these services, visit www.standardbank.co.za/travelwallet and click on TravelWallet account status.
TravelWallet have covered all their bases to ensure that your money is safe. So even though losing or having your card stolen could be a problem, your card can be stopped and replaced as soon as you have reported it by calling their lost card call centre on 0800 020 600 from South Africa or +27 11 299 4114 while abroad.
You also have the guarantee of a fixed interest exchange rate if you use the card in the same currency as that loaded on your card and even if you run out of money while abroad, your TravelWallet card can easily be topped up. As a keen traveller, all you need to do is make your way to a Standard Bank foreign exchange outlet before you leave on your trip where you can arrange all your necessities and fill out an application form.
Get a TravelWallet and enjoy the safer and most convenient way of paying abroad. Now you can concentrate more on planning your trip and travelling the world, cutting out any unnecessary stress. The TravelWallet will definitely be the answer to my cash crisis during future travels.