As any traveler knows, it’s easy to end up spending way more than intended while galavanting around the world. Small expenses add up and unexpected changes could leave you broke. Here are some tried and true tips for travelers on a budget.
Know the local currency. As soon as you exchange your money, it’s easy to feel like you have a stack of monopoly money in your hands.
In addition to reminding aware that you are spending actual money, be sure to come up with a quick way to calculate the exchange rate into your currency (for example, if the exchange rate is 1.345, round that up to 1.5 and multiply every purchase by time and a half).
Travel with others. Traveling with friends is a great way to cut down on lodging and other costs. Sharing a large vacation rental with a group of friends can end up being much cheaper than booking a hotel room aloneyou’re your rental has cooking facilities, all of you can go grocery shopping at the beginning of the trip and cook at the house most (or all) nights instead of spending money in a restaurant.
Avoid touristy areas. Many local businesses prey on tourists’ impulses and, sadly, their confusion by hiking up prices and positioning themselves next to main tourist sites or area. If you’re in the mood to eat or shop, head to a less touristy area. Not only will you most likely spend less cash, the products and experience will also be much more authentic.
Carry a water bottle and snacks. Having a few nibbles on you at all times will help you avoid buying expensive snacks because your blood sugar is low and you are crashing. It’s also important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re in a hot climate or doing a lot of walking.
Use public transportation. Be sure to research the public transportation options in the area in which you’ll be staying. If you feel comfortable with public transportation from day one, you’ll feel less tempted to take a cab everywhere you need to go.
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