Originally Posted by sirpurrcival
...Having a few TC's is useful. If you have ever been at a place where the debit machine is broken and you don't have cash, you will appreciate the fall back position...
I have some hidden "mad money" for that purpose; there are too many places that won't take travelers' checks for that to be reliable. It's also useful if someplace wants to charge an outrageous fee to use a card (they lose my business after that) or they just don't accept plastic at all.