For 25 years I've always taken a couple of personal checks with me. Never had to use them since we always bring an ample amount of travelers checks (by far the best choice if you can finagle them free from AAA or your credit union) and cash. I'm an A-hole in that I religiously REFUSE to pay money to get my own money so credit and debit cards are always out with me. I'm wondering if in 2014 one can still cash a personal check at the cage of the place your staying at. I'm talking $500 or so with the money verifiably in the account during banking hours.