Traveling abroad brings fun but it can be quite challenging if you do not plan adequately. You may be worried about how you are going to make it with the little that you saved for the great adventure. Saving money as you travel not only ensures that you make the most out of your trip, but it will also last longer.
Here are some travel tips that will turn yours into a great trip:
Walk on shorter distances
Walking not only saves money but it is also physical exercise. If the distance is long, use public transport. Walking and taking public transportation will enable you to spare some coins that you wouldn’t if you jump into a taxi.
Compare your daily expenditures
Keeping records of your daily expenses will enable you know how much you can spend in a day. This means that you will be able to know when you have spent a lot of cash. You can then compare this amount to the least that you have ever spent. Comparison of the two will then make you aware of your extra expenses and how you can avoid it.
Check the credit/debit card charges with your bank before you leave. The charges for using a credit / debit card abroad vary with banks. Foreign exchange rate for most credit card companies is around 3% of every withdrawal amount. Your bank could be charging lets say 5%. The 2% difference can either be a good saving or money lost.(image by UniBul MS).
Cut the tipping costs
Tipping may be common in your country but not in other foreign countries. You don’t have to spend extra money in all places that you are satisfied with a service. While it is a good practice to show appreciation by use of a tip, do it only when it is very necessary. It is also important to check the final bill whether a tip is already charged.
You don’t have to stay in class hotels
While it is essential to stay in a comfortable and secure place, try to find average-cost hotels. You might even be surprised to find that the hotels regarded as low-class’ are not that low. Some of these hotels even provide better accommodation services than the ones with big names’.(image by Rebecca Trynes).
Work while abroad
If possible, get a working holiday visa. You can make and save money during your free time. If you can make some cash with your laptop then don’t leave it, you might use it to pay for most expenses abroad.
Socialize with the locals
The locals are in a good position to help you identify better and low cost hotels, cheaper and safe mode of transport, as well as secure places to explore. You might save much more by talking to people familiar with the surrounding. However, you should be very careful not to enter traps’. The best way to do this is to talk to as many people as possible.
Try these tips and you’ll discover how it is easy to avoid an early exit from your paradise while making the most out of your adventure.
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