Travelling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A week-long trip can cost anything between €100 and €1000, it all depends on your travel style and destination. The following hacks will help you save money on your next trip abroad.
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12 Ways to Save Money While Travelling
1. Don’t go to restaurants or shops near tourist attractions
Restaurants and shops that target tourists will cost a lot more. Eating or shopping where the locals go or going to the local market will save you tons of money. The same goes with street food but look at the hygiene of the stall first.
2. Stay in budget friendly ho(s)tels
While travelling, I tend to be outside all day and only sleep in my ho(s)tel. If you’re planning to spend most of the time exploring your destination, you don’t need to stay in the most expensive places.
Keep transportation costs in mind when choosing accommodation though. You might save some money if you book a hotel far from the city centre but you will have to pay extra transportation costs.
3. Research the cheapest way of transportation
Take the time to search for the different available transportation options and choose the cheapest one. For example, night buses can save you the cost of one night of accommodation.
Try to walk as much as possible too, it’s free and it will allow you to see more of your surroundings.
4. Do your own laundry
This one may not save you a lot of money when you’re travelling throughout Southeast Asia but it could save you some money in more expensive countries.
5. Learn how to haggle
In cultures where haggling is common, learning how to haggle will save you A LOT of money. Sometimes it helps to shake your head and walk away if the price stays too high, some vendors will suddenly change their minds.
6. Avoid ATM fees
Choose a debit card with low foreign transaction fees. Know that credit cards also charge a fee and keep in mind that currency exchange kiosks have bad exchange rates and charge service costs.
7. Use a local sim card
Roaming charges can quickly add up when you’re abroad. Consider unlocking your phone and buying a local sim card if you want to be able to surf the internet. Stick to free wifi at hotels, restaurants, etc. if you want to keep using your own sim card.
8. Research the common scams of your destination
Some people love to take advantage of tourists and you might fall for one of these scams if you’re not aware of them. These can vary from ridiculously priced taxi rides to fake bus or plane tickets. It’s important to know what sort of scams exist if you don’t want to get ripped off.
9. Pack your lunch
Prepare your own bag with sandwiches, fruits and snacks that you purchased at the local supermarket. It doesn’t only allow you to eat your lunch where and whenever you want but it will be a lot cheaper as well.
10. Buy tickets online
If you’re planning on going to a place that requires tickets, it’s often cheaper to buy your tickets online (even from your smartphone on your way there).
11. Search for deals
12. Skip the guided tours
Although it’s nice to support the local economy and guides can enhance your visit to places like the Forbidden City in Beijing, you can probably do without one from time to time. You can always research the history of the place online or in a travel guide.
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