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 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.