It’s not even a bad idea to set up a digital wallet (like Google Pay or .) for your next trip Apple pay) connected to your bank account or debit card and learn how it works in case you need a credit card alternative.
Jenny Ly, 29, a California travel guide site blogger wandering, said she was surprised to find ‘we do not accept cash’ signs on a trip to South Africa this year. “Many countries were already moving towards a cashless world before the pandemic, but Covid has accelerated the use of contactless payments via QR codes at checkout,” she said.
Once the QR code has been scanned through your phone’s camera, complete the payment using a digital wallet or entering credit card information. But be careful, Ms Ly said: “Malicious QR codes can be used to divert money, steal sensitive information and install malware.”
Maybe you want some money
Despite the ubiquity of cashless payments, you may still need physical currency. “It really depends on how far off the beaten track you go,” said Mr. Jones. “If you’re in a city, say London, or you’re on a group tour, you should be 100 percent okay with a map. But if you’re backpacking or going to small shops or small restaurants wherever you are in the world, chances are you need some cash.”
It also varies by country. Germany was primarily a cash economy until the pandemic, Mr Jones said, but many merchants who previously only paid cash now have “signs that read ‘We prefer contactless payments'”. Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, on the other hand, have been “super pro card in the last 10 years.” Spain and France, like Germany, remain a mix, he said.
And it can be helpful to have some change on hand. To use a toilet in the train station in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, Hana Pevny, 60, who owns the Waldo Emerson Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, was “forced to withdraw euros from an ATM” during her otherwise cashless trip to that country, Hungary and the Czech Republic.