Whether you are part of the many who have opted to take some time out and travel the world, or if you are simply partaking in the annual family vacation, traveling can be expensive.
You are something of a captive audience for the tourism sector, which tends to thrive from travelers who perhaps aren’t as savvy now that they are in vacation-mode.
This is where today’s article is going to come into play. We’re not going to talk about the best ways to save money whilst booking your vacation, but more about some of the methods you can adapt while you are out there traveling. Let’s jump into some of the best tips.
The crucial importance of travel insurance
Right, let’s get some of the formalities out of the way. Hopefully, none of you are going to fall into this category, but if you do it can get expensive.
Hoping for the best isn’t going to work when it comes to medical care abroad, and you simply must take out an insurance policy before you depart. Staysure offer specialist travel insurance when travelling with existing medical conditions, while standard policies are also easy to get hold of. Without this, you could be asked to foot a bill for hundreds of thousands in the worst-case scenarios.
Don’t pay in your own currency
Over the last few years this is something that has become more commonplace. Travelers are being asked whether they want to pay with the local currency, or their own currency on their card. Most wrongly assume that the latter is going to save them as they won’t pay the foreign currency fees from their bank.
As it turns out, you’ll quite often be paying a hugely inflated exchange rate by opting for this approach. Instead, pay with the local currency, or better still buy currency before you depart (although not from the airport).
Plan an itinerary
You’re on vacation – nobody wants to stick to a work-like routine. Unfortunately, this is an approach which can sometimes aid you substantially from a money-saving perspective.
If you turn up at tourist attractions there is every chance you will be asked to pay the full price for entry. Book beforehand on the other hand, and you can find that these prices drop by as much as 50%. London is a great example here; there are typically 2-4-1 offers available on most of their main attractions – but you might have to plan ahead to activate these.
Be shrewd with your eating arrangements
As we all know, as soon as we enter vacation-mode it feels as though we must dine out for each and every meal.
This is one of the easiest ways to burn through cash on your trip. Instead, consider finding a local store and buying ingredients on one of your first days – even if this is just enough to cover breakfast.
Or, go local. Avoid the tourist traps like the plague, and go off the beaten track to find local restaurants which won’t be charging the huge prices.
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