Locals have the inside track
When you arrive in a new location, it is always fruitful to speak to locals. They know the lay of the land, where to go and what to avoid. It can save you money by simply conversing.
Have a plan
Arriving with a plan at a new location is advisable. It means that you don’t waste time and money looking around. Efficiency is the key here, saves you time and money to do things you actually want to do.
Go grocery shopping when you arrive
Its always worth going shopping early on as it can save you so much money. Eating out all the time is expensive. Taking your own food with you can cut your costs dramatically. Any experienced traveller will always stock up on snacks and food. Again, it saves money for activities that give you the most value.
Check out free activities
Often you will find that places that normally charge to visit have times in the week where they don’t. Make the most of these time slots and save money. Either visit their website or call them to ask. It can be well worth it for a few minutes of effort.
Not all things cost money
Many tourist attractions charge to visit, we know this. To really appreciate a new place, you need to witness the culture. You can do that for free. Take some time to see how people live, what they do, interact and where they shop. It will open your eyes and make your trip all the more memorable.
Remember that the locals don’t go to tourist attractions, but they have beaches they go to or particular areas for celebrations. Do your research, it might well be worth it.
Less is more
Travelers can get addicted to always being on the move. In some ways, staying still can be just as rewarding. Spending a little longer in one place means to get to really know and experience a place. It is also cheaper when you factor in discounts and less travel.
It makes sense to travel overnight, especially longer distances. This way, you can avoid accommodation costs and potentially have more of your day available for things you want to do.
It always amazes me how often people jump on public transport or into taxis. To really get to see a place, you need to walk. Wear out some show leather for a real understanding of a place. Trust me when I say it is worth it.
Most major tourist places and cities have some form of bike rental. Not only is it cheap, it is healthy too. Get on your bike if walking is a little too slow for you.
Share Transport Costs
Invariably, there will be other travellers that will also be heading in your direction. If you are sociable enough to find out, you can save money by sharing the cost of taxis or mini vans. You may also be able to arrange some group discounts. I really pays to be sociable in this case.
If you have never tried Airbnb, I highly recommend that you give it a go. Not only can you get discounts on longer stays, it also allows you to stay in more comfortable places for less money than commercial places. They really are making a big change to the travel industry.
Rent an Apartment
If there are a few of you or you simply fancy more space, consider renting an apartment for a short let. You can also find them through Airbnb.
Some people are totally against hostel stays…maybe they have seen the films! I can however say that they are not as bad as some would suggest. They are geared up for travellers and short stays. They are fully equipped and geared up for it. Often, the will have female only rooms but regardless, there are plenty of people around to ensure your safety.
A recent phenomenon for likeminded travellers, the idea is that people open up their homes and they are expected to do the same…pass it forward if you like. The reality is that this can be a hit and miss experience. It’s definitely worth looking more into it before you commit to anything…but it is definitely the cheapest accommodation option.
This is a little considered option but it can make a lot of sense. It is cheap and cheerful and obviously the expectations are a lot lower. Yet, it can deliver the best fun and experiences, especially if there are a few of you.
Card with no foreign transaction fees
Banks differ quite considerably when it comes to foreign transactions. Simply using a cash machine abroad can lead to some hefty charges. It is worth having a look around for bank accounts or credit cards that don’t charge for transactions abroad. It is definitely the smart option to arrange this with plenty of time before your holiday.
Don’t be afraid to search out discount coupons. Often, you will find them in tourist pamphlets on hotel foyers. Its also worth searching them out online and on voucher sites. You can make some great savings with a little bit of research.
Credit Card Reward Points
If you use credit cards, consider one that gives you points when you use them. This may well be for airline points or hotel discounts. If you use them for a period of time, you may accumulate some decent discounts.
Don’t be afraid to haggle
Haggling is expected in some countries; it is part of the culture. Don’t be shy of making an offer and talking about it. Trust me, it is expected. However, consider paying a sum that is fair. Remember, some countries are poor so you saving an extra penny won’t make much difference to your life.
Pre-Paid Travel Money Cards
They are a safe way to transport money and avoid transaction fees. Used by many experienced travellers, they are easily accessible and safe.
Get a local sim card
Using your phone with your sim can prove to be very expensive, especially with data charges. If you are staying in that country a while, consider getting a new sim. It will save you money.
Before you arrive at your destination, make sure you know where to get free WIFI. We take it for granted here, but it is not always the case everywhere.
Remember that there are so many apps that give you free phone and video calls over WIFI. Make the most of them when you are connected.
When planning your travels, one thing many people fail to research is the strength of the currency. Both yours and the destination you are looking at. If your currency is strong, it can go a whole lot further in your holiday destination. If in comparison, your currency is weak, your holiday could be more expensive than you anticipated.