10 reasons why you need a travel cash card in your life!

What are you doing with your money while you’re away? No idea? Don’t tell me you’re just taking your bank card over there. You want to make things as cheap, easy and safe as you can for yourself. The last thing you want to be doing is racking up high fees and putting yourself at risk of losing a heck of a lot of money. So that’s why we’ve created our beautiful little travel cash card and here are 10 reasons why you need it in your life…


Who doesn’t love a freebie right? When you purchase a cash card with us you can claim for a free second card. If you choose to use this as a spare then you can keep locked away while you use the other one. If your card gets stolen it’s quick and easy to block with a simple text. You can then transfer your money over to the back-up card by text as well. Easy peasy!

2. ZERO fees on transactions

That’s right zero, zilch, nada, absolutely NOTHING. There are no fees on transactions (when you buy something in a shop aka chip & pin) in the UK and abroad. Which is incredible considering most banks charge at least £1.50 every time you purchase something. Fees like that can seriously add up while you’re away.

3. FLAT RATE fee on withdrawals.

No matter where you are come rain or shine, the fee when you withdraw from an ATM will always be the same. Even if you’re withdrawing ONE BILLION DOLLARS… *pronounced like Dr.Evil* you would be charged a flat rate fee of £2.25. Most banks charge you a percentage of what you are withdrawing, so if it was for arguments sake one billion dollars, that would be one hefty fee! No, thank, you.

4. Top up as you go

The great thing about these little beauties is that you can control your spending while you are away. You top up what you need. A perfect way of preventing those drunken nights in the hostel bar from draining all of your money. Believe me you would not want to have credit card on you in one of those situations, one word: dangerous.

5. FREE to top up

The most delightful 4 letter word to any backpacker: FREE. No, it’s not a trick, STA Travel do not charge any commission or fees when you top up. That’s the last thing you guys need! You can top-up instore, over the phone or online. When you speak to a human being it takes a couple of hours for the money to be in your account but if you don’t feel like speaking to anyone it can take a tiny bit longer for the online transfer to go through. Simple as that.

6. Safe

Again another word that backpackers love to hear or maybe backpacker’s parents love to hear. Thanks to this lovely little card you don’t need to carry tonnes of cash on you. This is ideal really when backpackers can often be made a pick pock target. What’s more the cash card is in no way connected to your bank account, so if your card is stolen they won’t be able to withdraw or access the money in your account. The more places you have money saved the better!
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7. Sweet, sweet discounts

Hey are you a student? If the answer is yes, then you’ve just bagged yourself some sweet discounts my friend. How? With the ultimate combo of ISIC card + travel cash card = ISIC Prepaid MasterCard. It’s better than peanut butter and jelly. Works like a normal travel cash card but also acts like a student discount card entitling you to hundreds of discounts in conjunction with ISIC. Check out what kind of discounts you could get here. #winning.

8. VERY flexible

It’s MEGA flexible. As in there aren’t really any limits on where you can take this bad boy! It can be used in over 35 million locations around the world including 2.1 million ATMS. Just keep your eyes out for the MasterCard symbol. So you can be at peace with the fact you won’t be stranded without access to cash. If you know you’re heading to a slightly more remote area, it’s worth withdrawing a fair amount of cash before you leave, just to be on the safe side.
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What’s that sound? That’s the sound of money falling back into your pocket. When you use our travel cash card you can earn up to 11{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} cashback at UK retailers and 5{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} with STA Travel worldwide, that’s more money in your pocket for more travels! Perfect!

10. No credit application

The last, but by no means least, reason this cash card is awesome is the fact that you don’t need a credit application to get one! There are no credit checks when you apply. Just to make your life that little bit easier.

It may not be the first thing you think about when you book a trip of a lifetime. But clearly you need this handy travel cash card in your life before you jet off! Want some more info about it? Check out everything you need to know here.