“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
Wanna save money during your overseas trip? Most people think that going somewhere far means you have to be rich. Travel equates to excess cash that someone spends for leisure. But is it really? Believe it or not, many people, who are as average as you and me, can still travel. Travelling is a way to de-stress and explore those places that are way too far from you.
Most often, it is a dream to travel to a foreign land, perhaps to another country or simply to a next province or city that you have not been into yet. As long as you are not familiar or have not been to a certain place, it is already considered a foreign land. The excitement is there, yet there are also apprehensions. Can you afford the travel and leisure? Will the board and lodging are within your means?
50 Best Travel Tips To Save Money
Wherever you will go, all you have to do is to think of how you can budget well. Here are 50 tips to save your money when you are travelling overseas.
1. Research ahead of time on places and activities with affordable rates that you can go to on the foreign land. Knowing the right places and activities before you actually set foot on the land itself will let you save a big amount since you already know where to go and what to do with your time.
2. Get airline tickets in advance. Getting your airline tickets in advance will mean discounts. You may also avail those tickets being sold during promo periods to ensure that you can really save a great deal of amount. Most often, pre-booked tickets that are bought several months away will let you save more or less than half of the actual ticket cost.
3. Buy Round-Trip tickets. When you buy your ticket and you still plan to go home, it is best to buy round trip tickets. The cost will be cheaper and it will let you save some big bucks. You may also choose connecting flights instead of direct ones.
4. Pack your baggage carefully. Ensure that it is within your baggage limit to guarantee that you will not be charge with the excess weight. It is also advisable if you keep all of your things into one bag since some airlines are now charging extra if you have 2 bags or more.
5. Do not go for coffee breaks. Though coffee is sometimes a need, you can save more if you cut your coffee expenses. Why don’t you settle for water instead? It is quite a healthy substitute for the coffee, and any other drinks that might cost you more.
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
6. Cook your own food. This is best if you plan to stay long in the foreign land. Though it is most convenient to just eat out in a restaurant, it will save you more money than you can ever imagine. Remember that restaurants charge more now.
7. If you do not know how to cook and would rather dine out, plan your meals ahead of time. Look for restaurants that offer affordable rates but do not compromise the taste and quality of the food. There are a lot of great restaurants in the area that do not necessarily offer fine dining but taste as good as those expensive food.
8. Reusable water bottle can come in very handy at times. You don’t expect yourself not to get thirsty for the whole duration of the travel, right? It is best if you have a water bottle that you can simply refill anytime you need to, rather than spending a few more dollars in buying another mineral bottle.
9. If you can, avoid eating breakfast from the hotel you are staying (unless your accommodation has it free) since hotel rates are pricier compared to other food places in the area. Why don’t you take a walk in the block? Chances are you can find many local cafes that serve great food, plus you can also have the opportunity to sight-see the place while walking.
10. Grab a bigger lunch than dinner. Dinners are more expensive compared to lunch rates. In order for you to save, it is best if you divulge and treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch, and eat a light dinner. Also take note of the old adage, “Eat like a king in the morning and a pauper at night,” since it pushes the healthier idea for your eating habits.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
11. Take the public transportation when going from one place to another. Public transportations are much cheaper than renting private vehicle services. You can save a lot of money if you cut off with car rentals. It is also one way for you to interact with the locals when you use public services.
12. If you really want to rent a car for your personal use, you must check and be specific with the car rental services that you will use. Look for car rental companies that offer promos and coupon codes, in doing so, you can cut several bucks from your car rental fees.
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13. Another thing to consider when you rent a car is the car size. Remember that size matters, hence, the bigger car you choose, the bigger the amount you have to pay. If a small car is enough for your needs, then you only have to rent a small car rather than a bigger one.
14. Travel in groups or look for a partner. From travelling expenses to accommodation, you can save a big amount if someone is paying half the bill for you. There are also a lot of special offers & discounts for people travelling in two or larger groups.
15. Use a travel credit card. Since we are already in the age of credit cards, you have to choose a credit card that is specific for travels. Once you have a traveler credit card, you can get free flights, free accommodations and other freebies that are especially reserved for travelers alone.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
16. Travel newsletters will give you a lot of updates as well as promotional discounts. Check those sighnup letters that will give you the opportunity to know those last minute and exclusive deals offered by travel agencies, hotels, and airlines that you can take advantage of.
17. Familiar with what couch surfing is? If you really want to save money, then you have to build a network with couch-surfing since it will provide you with locals who are more than willing to offer you their homes for free. But keep in mind that it doesn’t mean you’ll have your own room. They can offer you a free bed, or a couch, or even as simple as a free place on their floors. Hey, what’s important is that you can cut your accommodation cost.
18. If there are subways and trains, you can get their unlimited travel passes (if it is available on the travel company). Though you will pay a higher amount compared to individual tickets, you will have unlimited use for some time making you cut off on your transportation expenses in the long run.
19. Should you need to travel long, you can consider night travel because it means that you can sleep on the bus, train, or on whatever transportation you will take. It will save you a one night free accommodation too.
20. If you are on a very tight budget but you still want to travel, you can always choose to travel to cheap countries. There are a lot of countries that you can visit which are way cheaper compared to European and other expensive countries, without compromising the quality and fun you can get from visiting expensive countries.
“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen
21. Tourism cards will give you free passes and other discounts. You can avail tourism cards in the country or place you wish to visit, and rest assured that it will save you a few more bucks than you can ever imagine.
22. Stay away from paying bank fees. Basically, some travellers tend to spend more on their bank fees compared to the entire trip. Always remember that there can be bank charges when you withdraw cash internationally or even from buying stuff abroad. I recommend you use a no-fee international debit or credit cards.
23. Booking late also has its rewards. True that you can get cheaper prices when you book earlier, there are also instances that travel companies put on sale those unsold spots they have prior to the flight. Though this is a bit risky since you cannot be sure if there will be any, the discounts can be as much as 50% or even more of the normal price.
24. Check your cellular phone. Most often, telecommunication companies tend to charge you with roaming rates when you travel. Hence, it is best if you buy a local sim card on the place where you will go instead and use it during your entire stay on the place.
25. Bring your own snacks especially in airports. Though airport foods are convenient, you can still save a lot more money if you choose to bring your own foods when you are waiting for your flight instead.
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
26. Grab the opportunity for museum free days or nights to ensure a pass free of charge. There are certain days and nights wherein you can visit a museum for free, hence, you can cut of the entrance fee and add it to your savings.
27. Eat only what you can and do not over order. This can cut you from spending and will also cut you from gluttony. Ordering food that you cannot even finish will put it to waste. Unless you also want to waste your money?
28. Know the costs of everything by interviewing the locals. If you know how much you need to pay for the transportation from point A to point B, or how much do certain activities cost, then it will help you pay the exact amount and no one will be able to charge you in excess.
29. Call and text using online apps. To help you save from your telecommunication expenses, you can simply use online applications such as Viber, Skype, Google Hangouts, and many others when you want to contact someone.
30. Make use of free Wi-Fi. Many establishments are already offering free Wi-Fi connections. Take the opportunity of this free use and continue your research about the things that you can do on the specific place where you are.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
31. Go to a place during the low season to cut off from spending. Travel fares, accommodations and other activities are lesser during off seasons compared to the times wherein the place attracts more tourists due to festivals and other things.
32. Home exchange is a possibility. If you really want to free yourself from paying accommodation fees, then you can consider a home exchange. This is an agreement between you and another party that entitles you to use their home, while they also use yours.
33. Camping can let you save your accommodation cost while you are on a foreign land. And mind you, camping will also mean more adventures compared to staying inside the comfortable rooms of hotels.
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34. Walking is healthy for your and your money as well. If the place where you want to go is only a walking distance, then you can opt to just walk. It will save you from your transportation expenses and will also keep you healthy through exercise.
35. Street foods are great. Though there are health concerns associated with street foods, most of them are generally safe, delicious, and obviously cheaper compared to other foods in the restaurants, cafes, and hotels.
“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
36. Do your own laundry. Laundry may cost more if you use laundry services. Instead, what you can do is to wash your own clothes by yourself to cut off your laundry expenses.
37. Look for free activities such as seeing sunrise and sunset, enjoying the park, swim at a public beach or lake, go to markets, or watch street fairs and concerts. There are a lot of free things that you can do if you only know where to look for them.
38. Make friends with the locals. Most often, locals are very friendly with foreigners and other tourists in their area. Making friends with them can give you free stuffs from food to accommodation. But most importantly, they will be there to help you around the place.
39. Be wary of currency. Exchange rates can really affect the money that you spend when you are in a foreign land. In this case, you also need to know your limits if the currency is really too big for you.
40. Tax refunds are possible. Some countries can give you a full or partial tax refund. Though you might need to fill out certain forms and other proofs that states you have purchased your stuffs abroad, it is still worth the hassle since you can save a lot.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
41. Flexibility in travelling may also mean more opportunity to save travel costs since there are days where some offers are cheaper if you travel a day before or after you decided to go.
42. Always go looking for best deals even if you have already made your plans. Deals are continuous and ever-changing. For this very reason, you should continue looking for deals that are best for your budget even if you already have your plans set.
43. Make grocery stores your best friend. Hotel things are quite expensive so it is best if you get whatever you need from food to toiletries from a grocery store since they offer cheaper prices and lets you save a big deal.
44. Make use of your discount cards. From being students to senior citizens, there are discounts that you can avail when you show your identification cards and other membership ids.
45. Never hesitate to ask your hotel from directions and other information that you need to know before going out. Not only will it help you with wherever you will go, but it will also direct you to places that are least expensive if you ask for it.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
46. Rent an apartment instead of a hotel if you are planning to stay long. Apartment cost is way cheaper than hotel rates are, and it will also provide you with a more homey feeling and ambiance.
47. Stay away from the central part of the place since it is common knowledge that those located in the district’s epicenter are always expensive compared to those that are several blocks away.
48. Budget your daily spending. If you limit yourself to spend a certain amount for the day, stick with your limitations. Once you already reach your limit, do not buy anything else and buy it on the next day instead. A nice budgeting app can make the task much easier for you.
49. Bring your own emergency medicines while travelling so that you do not need to purchase medicines on the place where you will go if you feel diarrhea from what you eat or a sudden headache.
50. Shop on their local markets. You do not necessarily need to shop in malls, instead, shop at their local markets since prices will be a bit lesser and you can help the locals too in their businesses. These are the 50 Best Travel Tips To Save Money When You Are Travelling Overseas.
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