If you travel as much as we do, you probably have your own rules on how to save money during a trip; but if the first place you’re looking for at the airport is the home exchange or the taxi stop, then you should check our list of the worst mistakes people make when traveling. This will help you save more money that you can invest in your next great adventure.
12. Travel during the day
The night is made for sleep, but what if you can sleep and save money on a night out with accommodation included? The take a night train or a bus traveling in the night can take you where you need to go, but in addition you will save on your budget.
11. Forget the rule of the 6 streets
The food is generally twice as expensive in price and the half of good close to all the tourist spots that if you buy one 6 blocks further away, so, stay away from the tourist attractions which are always very crowded and therefore more expensive. Choose something that is more authentic and inexpensive, as for example the street food local outdoor. This will be a better option.
10. Ignore the carpool
Maybe you’ve heard about the services of homes or shared applications such as Couchsurfing, but there are also other applications to share car services such as BlaBlaCar, which helps you find people of the place where you find yourself, or perhaps other travelers who want to go to the same destination as you and so get lower prices.
9. Book in advance
The fact to book well in advance you will need it if you have a strict schedule to which you need to stick without the possibility of change. On the other hand, if you think about it, it makes sense to avoid booking in advance as you can. This will allow you to be in a place that you like for a longer time and probably you will get a discount on the part of the hotel. And if you really want to leave the place earlier than planned, you will not have to pay an extra fee to change the date of your tickets.
8. Currency exchange
Yes, it is. Your credit card will always get the best exchange rate in the currency of the place wherever you go, thus avoiding that you bring with you many coins loose in your pocket. In addition, you will not want to pay extra money for changing your money at the exchange house. Just remember to bring with you a bank card that works in all ATM machines before you begin your trip so that you can withdraw your cash wherever you need it.
7. Being robbed by pickpockets
There is nothing more horrible than being in a foreign country, thousands of miles away from your home, without documents, without credit cards or cell phone and not knowing what to do or who to turn to when you are the victim of a robbery by pickpockets. For this reason, try not to wear expensive clothes and designer bags too expensive if you don’t want to call the attention and to be assaulted by criminals. Divide your valuables in different places, different bags, leave something in the hotel safe, take into consideration to buy a belt with compartments for money and never leave alone your possessions.
6. Not know the policy of tipping
In some countries, including the united States, the service tip is expected to be 15 to 20 percent. In many european countries, is already included in the bill to pay. Do a search on this before embarking on the trip it is very helpful because it will help you save money and avoid embarrassing situations.
5. Skip the travel insurance
What a simple accident in your country is not a big problem, maybe in the country you are traveling requires huge amounts of money, which you will accumulate unplanned expenses. We always tend to think that we do not pass something like that, but sometimes it happens exactly that. Just add a little bit more money on your travel expenses and hire a travel insurance to avoid spending untold amounts in case of an emergency. Even if you’ve always purchased, but never used, we advise you to buy it again, worth the money.
4. Not to have contact with your bank ahead of time
First you have to decide if you will use your current card and if this generated amount in international transactions. If so, perhaps you can consider getting a reward card trip since this provides you with this kind of transactions free. But if you still want to travel with your card’s usual or current be sure to first contact your bank and talk beforehand about your destination and your plans, as this can cause you to freeze your account on suspicion of movements that are fraudulent.
3. Rely on tourist brochures
From the moment that you adjust the belt on the plane, you’re surrounded by magazines ’best destinations’ brochures and ’places to visit’, which supposedly will give you all the information about the most interesting places to visit. But if you look well, are full of advertisements and the hotels and restaurants that pay more to acquire the best places to advertise their products in magazines of aircraft. But the real authentic places and cheap are never mentioned in these spaces. Before you travel, search the forums tourist to get the best deals and the most unforgettable experiences. There are also apps like CamFind that help you to get all the information with a single click. Just take a picture of the coffee you like and this app will give you the information on the web about the opening hours and perhaps you can see the menu of the day.
2. Not to check all of the transportation options
The rent of a car is to regularly face. If you’re not going to travel on the road, you should check the cost of public transportation or Uber. Hotels sometimes suggest transport very cheap or even free to the airport and many european cities have trains of fast speed that you will be right and without stopovers to your destination much faster than a car.
1. Save all of your money in one place
It is always good to have cash with you, but make sure you save extra money in different places that are safe. Your pocket may not be the best site, even if you think that is well hidden. Some ideas might be, for example, to make a hole in a bar of soap and hide a bit of cash. Or perhaps within the sole of the shoe or even in your hair brush.
Traveling can be very stressful, but if you follow several simple steps to planning and safety of your trip, you can avoid the stress and enjoy your trip. We are happy and eager to know about the experiences you have had while traveling and, if you have another good advice, don’t hesitate to share it in the comments.
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