Whether you're traveling for work or pleasure, these security tips will help you have a safe trip.
Before you go
A little bit of preparation on the front end can ensure you don't hit any bumps when you hit the road.
- Check your card to make sure it won't expire while you're away.
- Confirm your credit, as well as your account balance, if you plan to use your debit or credit card during your trip. And verify your credit limit, too, so you'll know how much you'll be able to charge each day.
- Make a note of your credit and debit card numbers, as well as issuer phone numbers, and keep them in a safe place, so you won't have to scramble in the unlikely event your card is lost or stolen. You should never write down your PIN number, however.
- Before you head out, let your card issuer know that you plan to be traveling to avoid having your unfamiliar transactions flagged as suspicious.
- Purchase tickets using your Visa card. You'll have proof of purchase if your tickets are lost or stolen or your trip is cancelled.
During your trip
Don't leave common sense behind when you're away from home. Follow our advice for traveling safely:
- Avoid leaving cards unattended at work, in a hotel room, recreation areas, or in a locked or unlocked vehicle. Take advantage of the safe or security box provided by the hotel for your valuables.
- Save all of your receipts for proof of purchase. And, when you get home, carefully check them against your monthly statements.
- Consult and print out Visa's currency converter. It will give you an indication of the rate you may receive when using your Visa card in foreign countries.