Seriously dudes, banks suck big time.
I've been waiting for more than a week for a manager from a bank (let's call them "Bank B") to call me so that I can open for good an account. Since I still had no news I wrote on their facebook page today to complain that I was still waiting for someone to call me to finalize the opening of my bank account. Of course, since it makes bad advertising for them, someone replied to me, asking me my infos on MP. Unfortunately when I found out this message on their FB page, it was already late. I still provided the infos but I think I will have to wait until monday now. I want to have this bank because there are no fees when you withdraw at any DAB. My bank however DOES charge fees (3€+2,9% on the amount withdrawn). So this bank B is really interesting ! Hope I will get some news on monday.
Speaking about my own bank I had an appointment last week and made them understand that I was expecting them to do something so that I dont have to pay so many fees while traveling. They got the message I think (I'll leave them if they dont do anything), and the lady told me that she would have to speak with her manager and get back to me next week.
I also had a 3rd appointment with a bank which also doesn't charge fees for overseas withdrawal. She told me how much I should pay each month to have an account to their bank and I asked if they could do something to make this price be better. She told me that she would have to speak with her manager and would get back to me next week as well.
At last, I have a 4th appointment on monday with a fourth bank which also proposes no fees withdrawals. I already know their monthly price and again will ask for a gesture in the case I open an account.
I want to leave with 2 bank cards, that's the reason why I'm putting all those 4 banks in competition, so that I have the best deals. I'm not gonna travel for 1 month, I'm planning to travel for a very long time and fees rise up quite quickly. So the better deal I get, the more money I save in bank fees. And the more I save in bank fees the more I'll spend in others things (more enjoyable than just feeding my banker).
We'll see what happens next week. As soon as I have decided to open a bank account in some of these banks I should receive the cards within 10 days. So fingers crossed, if everything's fine, I should be able to start my journey before 2/1/201