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I forgot to ask: money and hotels

  • adelene

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    Hi again,
    Sorry to ask a very similar question to my last one, but I forgot to ask about where to store cash/traveller's cheques etc when staying in budget hotels. Most of the guide books say not to leave anything in the hotel. So do you really carry everything around with you every day? I suppose if you have traveller's cheques, it's much less of a risk, though...

    Adelene
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    #1 Posted: 10/5/2006 - 16:01

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    Well, unless you're travelling with a zillion bucks worth of TQ's they should fit in a money-belt fine -- one of the belts worn across the stomach under your clothes is the best bet in my opinion.

    With storing stuff at budget hotels, there's mixed opinions. In my case, if the guesthouse has a safe where they offer to store valuables then I tend to use it to store my TQ's (though not my credit card as I keep that in my wallet). Some however say they never use the safe at a cheap place as the owners can't be trusted. That hasn't been my experience -- in some 15 years of travelling the only time I've had stuff stolen is when I've been robbed wandering around -- I've never had a guesthouse steal from me -- maybe I'm just lucky!

    #2 Posted: 10/5/2006 - 18:24

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    Adelene,

    The advantage of storing things in the guesthouse safe is that you can ask for a receipt for whatever you leave with them, and would at least have some recourse if an item went missing. I've never had a problem with guesthouse safes either, and the only time I ever had anything attempted to be stolen was when I was mugged a few years back in Laos.

    You can always sort of split your valuables too, taking half with you in a money belt and leaving half in the safe.

    Keep in mind that those in-room safes where you input a 4-digit code also have a 6-digit master code set by the hotel. In other words, the hotel can get in there if they want/need too. Again, I've never had a problem using one, but you want to be aware of that so you can make an informed decision on whether you want to use it or not. Trust your judgement.

    Have a good trip.

    #3 Posted: 11/5/2006 - 08:15

  • adelene

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    Great - that really helps. Thanks to both of you,
    Adelene

    #4 Posted: 11/5/2006 - 13:36

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