Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! This also applies to the payment instruments available to you.
- Currency: You can change your euros into local currency at your bank or in a bureau de change. Don’t hesitate to compare different rates. When you travel, we recommend that you store your banknotes in several different places (your purse, jacket, backpack, etc.) so that they are not all lost if you are robbed.
- The international bank card: In Europe, with your V Pay card, you can withdraw cash from an ATM and make payments in stores. When you leave the eurozone, simply use your Visa or MasterCard bank card. NB.: withdrawing cash from an ATM is subject to fees, which are capped in eurozone countries (V Pay card). The fees linked to cash withdrawals on your Visa card may be higher. Ask your advisor before you leave and find out how much these fees may come to.To reduce the total amount of fees you pay on your trip:
- withdraw a large amount in one go with your V PAY card, because in the eurozone the fees are fixed;
- only withdraw cash from your own bank’ s partner banks;
- consider taking enough cash with you from your home country to avoid withdrawing too much cash while you’re abroad, as suggested above.
- Traveller’s cheques : You can also use travellers cheques as a substitute for cash. They are even more secure than cash because if they are lost or stolen, they will be replaced at no cost.Traveller’s cheques allow you to withdraw local currency in a foreign country without having to change coins or notes. They can be exchanged for cash at a bank or used directly as a payment instrument, for example in a hotel or restaurant.
You can obtain these cheques at some banks in Luxembourg or at American Express offices.
As a general rule, whatever financial difficulties you may come up against while you’re abroad, you can always call on your bank. Your bank will advise you on what to do. It will be able to answer all your questions and/or sort out the situation so that your holiday is not ruined.