Why Monzo Is The Best Travel Card


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After looking around the market for many months and comparing all the travel card options, we came across a very new company called Monzo. They started the company back in 2015 with the idea of creating a mobile-only bank.

Monzo makes it easy to manage your money whilst you travel. It comes with a range of features designed to keep your finances secure, including instant notifications for each transaction and round-the-clock customer service.

You can also set up spending limits so that you don’t overspend, and every purchase is covered by Mastercard’s Zero Liability protection. With the Monzo travel card, you can quickly and safely pay for things wherever you are – perfect for worry-free trips abroad.

Plus, it’s easy to reload your balance with a bank transfer or by topping up from your main Monzo account. So whether you’re planning an international trip or just getting ready for a weekend away, Monzo travel card has you covered. Get yours today and set off with complete peace of mind.

The benefits of banking with Monzo

  • Free Banking
  • No international travel feels
  • A great user-friendly app
  • The ability to freeze and unfreeze your card via the app
  • Can be used anywhere in the world
  • Great for budgeting and saving

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We were drawn to this company as you are able to use the card for FREE abroad and in the UK, yes ZERO fees and you can also use it for free ATM withdrawals. (This feature may change in the future!) This is something that just doesn’t exist with other companies.

The card can also be used like any other card online and has an online banking app.

The Monzo App

The card links up with a fantastic app that can be topped up within seconds from a bank of your choice. You get real-time notifications and it comes with many additional extra features that we feel the most well known banks are missing.

Whilst travelling I happened to lose my wallet and my Monzo card. I thought it would be a pain to order a new one and I was extremely worried about somebody finding it and being able to access my money, but no, Monzo have thought about this and in the app.

You can freeze and unfreeze the card in seconds and order a replacement to wherever you are in the world which is an absolutely amazing security feature of Monzo.

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The company has really thought about everything the customer needs when creating this app. There are clever budget breakdowns on all of your spending and the ability to set budgets for those people who want to save and watch exactly what they spend their money on.

You can pay anyone using the Monzo app in seconds! As people get more and more passwords and pins the app also lets you reveal you card pin with a simple fingerprint.

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We have been using this card for a while and it hasn’t let us down at all and has lived up to everything that has been thrown at it.

Which countries can I use Monzo?

You can use Monzo in any country in the world and there are no additional fees to the exchange rate.

We have been to America and many countries in Europe and the card has performed fantastic with all the different currencies and provided the best exchange rates.

Once you are signed up all you have to do is deposit a small amount to activate the card and it arrives in all it’s bright orange glory in 3 working days.  I would highly recommend this card to anyone if it’s a small trip to Europe or a year travelling it offers everything you need.

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I love everything about travel, from seeing new places, learning about new cultures and trying new foods! I believe that travel is one of the best forms of education you can get, I have learnt so much about myself and about the world from travelling all over. Travel is something I feel so passionately about, and I love the fact that we are now lucky enough to have this opportunity to do what we love as much as we can, it’s a dream come true.


Before we started travelling, I worked in local government in administration. I had been in this job for several years and had reached a complete brick wall where I was so fed up, but didn’t know what else to do. The only thing I knew that I wanted to do was to travel, and had wanted to do that for many years.


There were hundreds and hundreds of places on my wishlist that I wanted to go to, and I knew that going on a weeks holiday maybe twice a year if we were lucky wasn’t going to cut it.

After being in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic, and working from home staring at the same 4 walls every day, 2021 seemed like the perfect time for us to take the risk to finally do what we had dreamed of for so long.

It was a hard decision to completely change our lives, but so far it has been the best decision we have ever made!

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2 responses to “Why Monzo Is The Best Travel Card”

  1. david roberts avatar
    david roberts

    love this, going to get myself one of these, been doing a lot of research and reading your articles has convinced me!!!

  2. Steve avatar

    Iv been using monzo for about a year and I’m so happy they are bringing out a full bank account card!!

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