What a Party!
I met an Asian guy in Patagonia that told me an unlucky story. He stayed at a hostel and they had a big party one night. He got completely drunk. He woke up the next day to find out his stuff was stolen. By his stuff, I mean his camera and his money. All his money. He made the mistake of having his entire travel budget in cash on him. The situation was so bad he was going to cancel the trip and go back home. He called a friend and borrowed some money to continue the trip. Not everyone has friends like that.
No More Money Exchange
We stopped at Rundu, a city in Arica close to the border between Angola and Namibia. It was a stop to restock on food and exchange our Namibian dollars for South African Rands. The group went to a bank and got in a long line for the money exchange. I had five fellow travelers in front of me and saw them exchange a lot of cash. By the time it was my turn, the cashier had no more Rands left. My fellow travelers were so afraid of running out of cash they exchanged a lot of money.
I don’t think you need to have too much money on you. From my experience, sooner or later you will find an ATM machine or a bank, so I think you should manage your travel money smarter. Carrying less money is safer and lets you relax. You’re not worried all the time about losing your money or getting robbed.
Answer the Phone
I was traveling through Africa when my phone started ringing. I refused the call as it was from an unknown number. It rang again a few minutes later. I refused it again.
Back at my seat on the truck, I started thinking about the phone calls and they started to bug me. What if something was wrong back home? I couldn’t ignore the feeling anymore so decided to call back. It turned out to be my bank account manager.
Someone made some weird transactions with my credit card. It definitely wasn’t me, so we concluded my credit card info was stolen. We agreed to cancel the credit card and she took care of everything. As I had a backup credit card, I went back to enjoying my trip.