Travel tips. Saving money while travelling

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Travel tips. Saving money while travelling.

Keeping to your budget while travelling should be an Olympic sport. Nobody enjoys taking the time to price-check every activity you have planned, and even if you are as careful as possible, few things feel worse than having to turn down your dream tour for budgetary reasons. Fortunately we have collected some helpful tips for you to help you save a little money without the stress, and maybe still make that dream lap around the Louvre.

Pack light Many airlines will charge extra for checked baggage. Avoid the extra fee by just taking a carry on for your flight. If your trip is short, this should be no problem. However for longer trips, try also staying somewhere with a washer/dryer (many airbnbs have them) so that you can wash and rewear outfits. Portable wash bags (such as the Scrubba) also help keep a steady supply of clean clothes.

Don’t buy it there Sunscreen, bug-spray, umbrellas, etc are usually cheaper when bought at home - after all, the shopkeepers at your destination know you won’t want to burn in the tropical sun. Avoid waiting until you get to your destination to buy essentials, if you can, just bring them with you.

Wait to buy souvenirs Try to wait until your last day or two to buy souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. Look around casually throughout your trip and see where to find the best deals, then head straight for them when looking for gifts. Knowing what the market prices are ahead of time also helps while bargaining.

Plan in advance Much of the cost of travel lies in late planning. Try to plan your trip several months in advance so that you can get the best prices- it’s also less likely that plane tickets will be sold out/hotels will be full. Many places offer entrance tickets at reduced rates when booking more than three months in advance as well.

Fly out midweek Flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be both cheaper and less crowded than those at the beginning or end of the week.

Travel during “shoulder periods” Peak seasons are both the most crowded and the most expensive times to travel. If you can, try scheduling your trips for right after holidays (September, early January, and April) to avoid the crowds and the rising prices. Not only is it cheaper, but the smaller crowds make everything much more enjoyable.

Research discounts Many places offer discounts for families, seniors, or students. Quite often, though, you will have to ask which discounts are available.

Get food from the grocery store Buying breakfast and snacks at the store can save you tons of money. Restaurants are always more expensive- especially near touristy areas- so stocking up on fruits and snack foods can save you plenty of money without having to sacrifice comfort. Google maps allows you to use the “Nearby” function to find groceries nearly anywhere in the world - planning ahead saves money!

Withdraw, don’t exchange Save yourself from the awful bank exchange rates and instead use your card and an ATM. It’s less hassle, less time consuming, and you don’t get all the fees that come from a currency exchange station. Just remember to place a travel alert on your bank card!

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