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I feel your pain, having had a card “stopped” while in Canada - the bank decided that the cashpoint I attempted to use was “dodgy”. That took a couple of international calls to sort out and I had to go to a specific bank branch, with which mine had an arrangement, to take out cash.


I normally travel with two credit cards and a debit card. My “go to” credit card for travel is one that doesn’t levy additional fees for foreign currency transactions. The other credit card is there for back-up (and is the one I use at home, since it pays benefits). The debit card is there because it’s always in my wallet. All three cards are also set up on my phone, if I want to use ApplePay. I also have the banks’ apps on the phone, so if there are problems, I can call them directly.

My husband has his own cards so, if one of us has issues, we use the other’s.

- Pam
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