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Posted on May 20, 2013

Finding A Viable Money Solution While Traveling- Life on the Road Finances

Finding A Viable Money Solution While Traveling- Life on the Road Finances

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Just like we thought we knew how to be parents before we had kids, we were sure that all the prep-work we had done (eh-hem, Kobi had done) would make our access to finances a breeze. We still have that amazing sleeve Kobi’s mom sewed up for us to hide the most important stuff. We still have the traveler’s checks, unused, that Kobi purchased for a rainy day waaaay back in 2011. We still have our American and our Israeli credit cards. But, we also have had a lot of trouble lately using those credit cards and have found ourselves (*cough* Kobi *cough*) running to ATM machines to withdraw money for some basic purchases. 

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Way back in March 2011, we landed in New York as a diving board for this little odyssey and found out that our credit cards would not work. Can you see us now, jet-lagged, lost, confused, and not sure why we were dragging our kids out of a life they loved to ‘find ourselves.’ We walked into a local branch and routed out the next year of travel, guessing country after country that the wind might blow us onto. We know and appreciate that our financial carriers are doing their very best to protect us, and still, especially now in Malaysia, but also a bit in Singapore, it’s getting tiring (and embarrassing) time and time again to have our main money sources denied.

We’re clearly in a time of great change, as we struggle between backpack-hood and rolling-bag-hood.  Between wanting our kids to have a great education and not feeling like teaching them because we want to other things for 20 hours a week. Between wanting them to have an old-fashion education with books and notebooks (and us) and wanting it to be simpler, lighter than carrying 13 workbooks, something online that glitters and is interactive and doesn’t involve us as much. Between loving adventure and discovering new and remarkable people and places, and just wanting a quiet place to settle down to create meaningful routines and get back into eating right and exercising regularly. Between just wanting to sit and read Messages of the Masters for five days and having all these nice people to see and stuff to do (or the other way around). And, here, too, between having as little hands touching our funding and between finding a viable solution that will allow us to travel and live with hassle-free access to our money.

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Any thoughts on these cross-roads? Any feelings about how you walk, slowly, or run, swiftly, towards that next intersection that weaves it’s tapestry of the next phase of your life? Any one else takes definite action, serious conversations, and then finds that when it’s not going the way you wanted it to, you just drop it and let things work their way out for their beautiful selves? I always find such lovely patterns then. Any thoughts on how you keep your money when you are traveling and life on the road isn’t perfectly flowing in your way to get your money to you?

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