I’ve Lived Without A Wallet Or Bank Card For A Month And Actually Been Okay

Dubai is getting REAL nifty

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Okay, so I’m an absolute idiot, who managed to lose my wallet during a long run a month ago. It was at Wadi Bih, which is a relay race where you’re getting in and out of a car, opening and closing the boot of the car, and generally losing track of your possessions.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d lost it, or left it at home, or in my pal’s car or what. So I didn’t bother cancelling my cards just yet – I was sure it would turn up.

And so I have been living a cash-free life

It actually surprised me, how easy it is to do. I was dreading it – and there were some times it was a struggle, but for the most part, it was easy.

Here’s what I learned

A lot more places have card machines that we realise.

Seriously, far more taxis now have card payment – it’s rare that there’s one that doesn’t accept card. Apps have also been saving me, Careem of course, has been super handy for transport.

I use an iPhone, and so Apple Pay became my saviour, I have been genuinely been surprised at the omnipresence of the payment platform.

Even when my car battery went flat, and I had to call out a man for a new one, the guy quickly checked and replaced the battery, and accepted Apple Pay. Easy! (Shout-out to 800 Battery).

It’s possible

It’s not ideal, living without your wallet, but it can be done. It’s just the services that are lacking – the likes of car washing, house cleaner and the like, that I couldn’t pay. The rest, was easy.

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Caitlyn Davey

Caitlyn is an Aussie journalist looking to change the world. In her spare time she loves playing sport, travelling and basically doing anything that means she doesn't have to sit still.