Best card for not getting blocked


I’m going to be abroad later this year, somewhere I won’t have access to a mobile phone.

In general I’ll be using currency, but I also want a card with me for emergencies.

Wondering what is the best credit or debit card to have for not getting blocked? I.e. a provider whose security systems aren’t on a hair trigger and/or who’ll let me warn them in advance I’m gonna be in country X, don’t block my card.

At the moment I have a Nationwide VISA Debit and a Lloyds Mastercard Credit – but both of them have taken the route of “Good news – you don’t have to tell us any more when you’re going abroad.” Which I’m reading as “No point in trying to tell us, because our systems will ignore your information and block you anyway.”

Any suggestions?


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