The most secure way to carry money? ‘A plan,’ says Gerald, pronouncing it in the French way ‘plahn’. So what is a plan? It’s a hollow, cigar-shaped device you insert up the rectum. Said to be rather uncomfortable, it’s also pretty inconvenient if you need to get out extra cash quickly for some fancy souvenir.
‘You use one yourself?’ I query Gerald.
‘Good Lord, no! You asked me the most secure way.’
I rephrase the question and Gerald’s recommendation is more practical. Take cash, he says: US dollars in fresh, new bills. Out-of-the-way places don’t like old, faded or creased ones.
Take a Visa card, too. Cash up the card before you go, then draw on it overseas. These days you can find an ATM anywhere from Agadir to Zamboanga. And even where the ATMs are out of order you can draw on the card by going into a back. Traveller’s cheques? Forget them, says Gerald. Complete waste of time.