Lost credit and debit cards abroad. How do I get new ones?
July 27, 2014 1:35 AM Subscribe
Backpacking Europe and lost my wallet, which held my debit and credit cards. I still have a backup stash, my US passport, and a friend who will lend me money. In about three weeks I plan on traveling alone. Canceled all my cards, now I need new ones. My card issuers can send by mail at varying speeds. What do I do?
My credit card company can overnight the card to an overseas address, but says it may take longer due to customs. They usually send to hotel addresses. My bank can send it overseas, saying it will take 3-7 business days. Since I am not staying in a single city for more than 4 days, I am at a loss.
Things I've considered:
- Have them sent to a US embassy or consulate. I would choose one that is far ahead in the trip, but I have doubts that they would provide this service, let alone agree to it over the phone. I will call tomorrow when it's open.
- Prebook a hostel and hopefully schedule it so that it arrives in time. I would have to ask the hostel via phone so I don't know how feasible or reliable this is.
- Buy a temporary mailbox in another country, or find a mail holding service. I don't know if such a service even exists but it's a thought.
Countries I will most likely be in over the next few weeks: Greece, Italy, France.
Does anyone have any ideas? How can I get new cards while still preserving the transient spirit of the trip?