Using currency cards on the year abroad?

Has anyone got any experience of using currency cards for the year abroad? Because I'm splitting my year abroad (Italy and Switzerland), I'm not too sure what to do about money and banking but then I read about currency cards and would like to get some opinions of them before deciding to get one. For example, how do they work? Where can I get one from? Etc. etc.

This question was asked on 6th July 2015 and has been read 3397 times.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    Hi there! 

    I have just spent a year in Switzerland and I found this card from the Post Office incredibly useful! It's so easy to top up online, you can do so from anywhere (so if you had an emergency, someone from home could top it up for you), you can use it in loads of shops, you can withdraw money using it... 

    The one slight downside was I think that it maybe costs to withdraw money but to be honest, this didn't really matter as if I needed to withdraw money I would just take a lot out at a time and I think the withdrawal fee was only about £1.50 or the equivalent. Most of the time I just used it as a debit card. 

    Also it says online that  'You can hold a maximum of 3 cards in each currency but the overall limit you can hold across all cards is £5,000' so this will be handy as naturally you will be needing Swiss francs in Switzerland and euros for Italy. 

    Hope this helps! 

  • Global Graduates · 7 years ago


    The CaxtonFX card is brilliant for year abroaders. They offer a great exchange rate, it's safe and easy to use and you can top it up easily at any time with their app.

    There's more information in this article.

    Hope that's helpful!

    The TYA Team

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