Saving for a holiday can be hard, but once you’ve reached your goal it is well worth it.
The problem is, when you get to your destination you may find that the money you had to spend isn’t enough, or that there are unforeseen things that eat up your bank balance.
These tips will help you save money while travelling, and will ensure you still enjoy everything on offer.
1. Go Local
Ever heard the term tourist trap? It refers to places that are specifically targeting tourists and charge over the odds for food, drink and entertainment.
If you want to avoid this trap, chat to the locals and find out where they hang out.
Not only will you enjoy more authentic fare and get a better feel for your destination, you’ll also get to save a few bucks too!
2. Don’t Buy Basics On Holiday
If you’re on holiday and you need to buy basics like toiletries you may pay a lot more for them than at home, especially if the exchange rate isn’t in your favour.
Before you set off, make sure you have packed everything you need. Having to suddenly buy toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner and other necessities can leave a large dent in your pocket.
3. Have a Big Breakfast
If you’re staying in catered accommodation, especially a B&B, have a big breakfast!
Take advantage of the food you’re already paying for and ensure that you eat things that will keep you fuller for longer.
If you always have a cup of take out coffee on your way to work when at home, don’t try to do this on holiday, it can get very pricy, and if it’s available for free at your accommodation, rather drink it there.
4. Barter and Bargain
In some countries bargaining and bartering is expected, and it is a given that you should haggle.
Take advantage of this as much as possible, and even if you are in a place where this is not the norm, you can always ask for a discount – you never know when you might get one!
Even if you’ve won big playing pokies online you can always see where you can cut costs, especially when it comes to buying souvenirs.
5. Drink Free Water
Water can be expensive if you buy it by the bottle, especially in restaurants.
Provided the place you are has drinkable tap water, always make sure you order that instead, and carry a water bottle with you wherever you go to ensure you don’t run dry and have to fork out cash for a refill.
It’s amazing how much transport can add up to when on holiday, and in lots of places especially in Europe, it’s easy to walk from one place to another.
You also get to see and experience a lot more of a city if you walk through it, so this can be fun too.
Another good tip is to ensure that your accommodation isn’t too out of the way and doesn’t cost you a fortune in commuting; both in time and money.