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Well, This Sucks

It is now February 29 and my bank card is valid until the end of the day. My parents sent my new card to me about two weeks ago and it still hasn’t arrived. If it doesn’t show up in the afternoon mail in a few hours, I am going to be really in a pickle.

I went and extended the stay in my room until Wednesday. I did this because my card is still good so I figure it is safer to reserve more than I need so I can cancel if my card arrives. If it doesn’t arrive, I’m good until then. I’m also going to take out as much cash as I can today.

If it doesn’t arrive, I’m going to have to contact the bank and see if they can send me a new card via FedEx or something. My ability to use PayPal will also go away.

This is really the one scenario I’ve really tried to avoid my entire trip. You can usually deal with most things so long as you have access to your money.

The thing is, if I have my bank send a new card, I know, in the bottom of my heart, that the card sent by my parents will show up tomorrow. That is just the way these things work.

I should rename this site to the “Sitting in a Room in Melbourne Travel Blog”. It would be a more accurate representation of my recent travels.

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  1. headbang8 says:

    Melbourne. Not a great place to be stuck in a room. Though South Yarra is pretty classy.

  2. The Arndts says:

    I know your parents Gary they are my grandma and grandpa.

  3. Ben Bayer says:

    I thought I heard once that you could get buy pre-loaded debit cards that weren’t attached to a bank account, kind of like prepaid cell phones. This might be it:

  4. Carrie says:

    You’re right. That does suck. I hope it arrives soon so you can be safely on your way. I’m anxiously awaiting your next travel update!

  5. C K says:

    Hope that your credit card will arrive in time for your next meal…
    Come to think of it, where did we get our cash before the days of credit/debit cards? The days of having wads of cash in the pocket seem so far back…

  6. I know most UK banks would be able to arrange Emergency Encashment for a situation such as yours.
    Providing you (or your parents) can speak to the right bank staff.
    If you’re with a multinational bank, I’d be amazed if they don’t offer that facility. They will be able to send money via Western Union, so you don’t need to be near your bank’s branch.

  7. kevin says:

    I’m guessing that your Paypal is only linked to a debit card then. I wonder if your parents copied the number, then maybe you could change the details in your Paypal account so you’re not completely out of resources. Or possibly change the account to store money and deposit some for an emergency.

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