Unfortunately, fraud and theft are common in a lot of poor countries. Therefore, it is important that you take some precautions before you go and while you are there.
Before you go, try to
Get some local currency, and remember that some currencies will need to be ordered a week in advance
Write down your credit card numbers, including expiry dates and keep it somewhere other than your wallet.
Make sure your card is valid in the country you are going to.
Make a note of your credit card's emergency cancellation phone number/s.
Take enough money to cover emergency situations.
Check if there are cash points/ATMs where you are going. If you are staying in a small town, you may have to go to a neighbouring city to find a cash point.
And when you are there
Get familiar with the currency, make sure you know what the different value notes and coins look like.
Don't carry too much money around with you, try to limit it to what you may need for each particular excursion.
Don't keep it all in your wallet -Don't put all your eggs in the same basket, it may be a good idea to keep some of your money in your shirt pocket.
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