Credit and debit cards 'are a travel must'

People heading away on holiday or going abroad for Christmas should be sure to compare credit cards before they jet off.

Taking a credit or debit card is just one way to achieve the "mixed wallet" approach to travel money, according to Commonwealth Bank head of retail products Michael Cant.

Emphasising the point, Barbara Drury, writing in the Age, said these payment options are particularly useful when it comes to making "large, unplanned purchases, like the Persian rug you fall in love with".

In addition, the higher limit on credit cards could also provide holidaymakers with a safety net to get them out of trouble quickly in an emergency.

"Take a combination of cash, a travel card and either a credit or debit card," Mr Cant advised.

Similarly, Kate Schneider writing for recently suggested that tourists should compare savings accounts on the market that do not impose card fees when using ATMs abroad.

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