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    • Help1234
    • By Help1234 19th Aug 19, 2:21 PM
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    Going to Australia - how to spend money
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    Going to Australia - how to spend money 19th Aug 19 at 2:21 PM
    Hello, I'm going to Australia for 5 weeks. I have a Natwest current account. Is the best way to buy things / shops / restaurants to use my debit card? Or is there a better card I should apply for?
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 19th Aug 19, 3:18 PM
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    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/travel-credit-cards/
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 19th Aug 19, 6:23 PM
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    • 19th Aug 19, 6:23 PM
    Natwest is the worst card to use!

    Either apply for the credit cards - linked to above in eDicky's post, or get a travel money card like Travelex card, you load it up with a set amount of money at a set rate, then you can top it up as and when you need. It's useful for general spending at restaurants, but not for paying for car hire/car hire deposits.etc

    Or you can get a Monzo card and load that up instead.
    • sazaccount
    • By sazaccount 19th Aug 19, 6:51 PM
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    Depending on how soon your going look into getting a travel card, I personally use Revolut on the basic free one (you may have to pay for the card 10 or see if there is a referral link around not sure if I can give you mine or not on here) or monzo (sp?) you can withdraw up to 200 GBP per month fee free (ATM charges apply) and spend upto 5000 GBP on the card then there like 0.5% fee's.

    Revolut are contactless cards which is called paywave in Aus, and you just load the card though an app on your phone from a UK bank account.
    Thanks to money saving tips and debt repayments/becoming debt free I have been able to work and travel for the last 4 years visiting 12 countries and working within 3 of them. Currently living and working in Canada
    • alwaysskint96
    • By alwaysskint96 19th Aug 19, 10:07 PM
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    • 19th Aug 19, 10:07 PM
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    • 19th Aug 19, 10:07 PM
    Take both a starling and revolut card- used with no issues in Aus last year
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 20th Aug 19, 5:27 AM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 5:27 AM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 5:27 AM
    I'm just back from Oz, got the Barclaycard before I went, only charge was the fee paid at ATMs.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 20th Aug 19, 7:53 AM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 7:53 AM
    I'm just back from Oz, got the Barclaycard before I went, only charge was the fee paid at ATMs.
    Originally posted by camelot1001

    Sadly, the card that you used is no longer available to new applicants.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 20th Aug 19, 7:53 PM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 7:53 PM
    Halifax Clarity is available- commission free- Also there is a 20 cashback offer if you open by 29th August. So, free money!
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!
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    • harz99
    • By harz99 20th Aug 19, 9:14 PM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 9:14 PM
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    • 20th Aug 19, 9:14 PM
    I used Starling very successfully in a variety of countries including Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 21st Aug 19, 10:54 AM
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    and on a lighter note when I first saw the title I thought.. how to spend money?? easy, surely OP doesn't need advice on spending the spondoolies!!
    No, just how to access money.......
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!
    If you found my posting helpful please hit the "Thanks" button!
    Many thanks


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