As a child, I was very fortunate that my parents always took me on holidays with them. That way, long before I turned 18, I had already seen a respecatble amount of our planet: Grand Canary, Egypt, Cyprus, England, Lanzarote, Greece and many more. My habit of thoroughly planning and structuring my trips probably stems from back then because that was the way I always witnessed it. Especially when your holiday finances are concerned, good preparation is crucial as every holiday could probably be easily ruined if the money you take on the trip gets lost or stolen
Therefore, I still remember one thing quite well: My father always had a special belt which he took on holiday with him. A couple of days before our departure, he would sit down, neatly fold the bank notes he wanted to take and store them inside a belt. The money would have stayed in there until it was needed and this way it was not only safe during our whole journey but also accessible at the same time.
So the first thing I did when I began to travel on my own was to buy my own money belt to take with me: Israel, Norway, Ireland, Australia – my money belt is always my most loyal travel companion.
My belt is by Tatonka and was quite cheap to acquire – for around 10 Euro you can get my Tatonka money belt with a plastic buckle, for around 15 Euro you can get the same belt with a metal buckle. Both belts come as “one size fits all” but are very quickly and easily fitted to your own waist circumference. To me, the metal buckle looks a bit nicer and higher quality than the alternative made from plastic, but thanks to the plastic buckle I don’t even have to take the belt off when walking through metal detectors at the airport – and after all, the safety of my money is more important to me than styling.
Using the money belt is as easy as it could be: There is a zipper on the inside of the belt behind which there is room for usually three packets of flat, folded or rolled bank notes. It’s easiest to get the often a bit stubborn bank notes into the belt by closing the zipper just a little bit, then pushing the end of the bank note stack underneath it and then closing the zipper more to repeat with the next stack. That way, you can unproblematically take the currency of your travel destination with you or safely store your own currency for the time of your trip.
So this is exactly what I’ve once again done for my current trip: Foreign currency plus a few “emergeny Euros” arranged in three equal stacks, folded as tightly as possible and stored away inside the belt. Now, when I’m wearing the money belt, nobody can see that it is more than just a regular belt – I have not come across a safer and better way to transport my money on holidays!