How do you handle all your cash while you’re traveling in Mexico? How much do you carry? When do you exchange dollars for pesos? Are there ATMs?
These are common questions for travelers. Here are a few things to consider as you plan for your ride south of the border.
ATMs are common and your card from the USA will work almost everywhere. Many travel sites recommend you have a 4 digit pin because 5 digit pin numbers may not work.
Before Leaving Home:
Set up an additional two or three online back accounts in addition to your normal accounts. In the first account (let’s call it the “trip” account), keep “trip money” maybe something like $2,000. While the rest of your savings remains in a separate account. When you’re on the road, you’ll use your “trip” account to get cash (pesos) from ATMs. The reasoning here is that if your card somehow gets stolen, only a limited amount of cash has the potential to be lost. It’s about minimizing your risk.