Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Visa Travel Money or Travelers Checks?

Jump to last reply

Greetings fellow travelers,
My son and and I traveling through Spain for 24 days and Paris 10.
I do own a Credit card and Debit card that will charge me 3-4% per transaction, so I will only use in an emergency.

My Credit Union suggested a Visa Travel Money card, it costs $13. Has anyone used this?

It has a $2.50 monthly maintenance fee. Basically you load a certain amount on the card and you have a PIN. You can make purchases or for cash you 'insert card into an ATM which accepts Visa debit cards' and they charge you $2.00 fee per withdrawl at a Visa ATM. They have a $10 fee for 'over the counter withdrawal', not clear what that means.
How about if I use it as a debit card and want 'cash back'? Charge you $10?
You can also reload them by transferring additional funds from you account.
My concerns are as follows: card gets demagnetized, card eaten by ATM machine...

I would like to know how you carry your money when vacationing in Europe and your bank account is in the US.

Thank you kindly and happy safe traveling to you and your families.
Ribota

20 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 3 weeks in Europe
  2. 2 Trip Report avoiding stuffy and inflexible service at nice european resorts
  3. 3 How to fit in Madrid, Lorca and possibly Toledo in 4 days?
  4. 4 Planning for Italy trip with a two-year old
  5. 5 What to book ahead in Barcelona?
  6. 6 Train from Brussels to Amsterdam
  7. 7 Suggestions on how best to spend our time in Lyon
  8. 8 Spain, France, Netherlands with 18, 19 yo grandsons
  9. 9 Yacht trip on coast of Spain
  10. 10 Driving to Paris... Parking?
  11. 11 Honeymoon in Greece or Italy or Spain?
  12. 12 Question for best Town to base for touring the Amalfi Coast
  13. 13 Luggage on train from Waterloo to Southampton
  14. 14 Wisdom needed for a itinerary in northern Italy, Bavaria and Prague
  15. 15 Suggested Itinerary and ideas for South of France road tour?
  16. 16 Amalfi Coast/Sorrento Itinerary Help!
  17. 17 5 Hour Layover in Amsterdam
  18. 18 Day Tours in Croatia, Slovenia that you can recommend?
  19. 19 What to wear
  20. 20 Can you recommend a little seaside town near Athen?
  21. 21 Northern Italy itinerary critique - please
  22. 22 Escorted Tours to Europe from UK to Dordogne Valley, France
  23. 23 Writers Needed for Austria Guidebook
  24. 24 Last minute Bordeaux restaurant suggestions - for 4/26-4/28
  25. 25 Little-kid friendly place an hour or so by train from Frankfurt airport
View next 25 » Back to the top