Save Money While Traveling

Do you plan on traveling soon, it is one of the best experiences of a life time, but it can be a little pricey.  Even with the best savings account banks can offer, it could take quite some time to save up enough money to go on a trip not to mention the expenses incurred while you’re actually out traveling.  Fortunately, there are a few ways to cut down on those costs while you’re out seeing the world or traveling for business.

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As with most things that deal with money, the sooner you start, the more money you’ll end up saving.  Purchasing airplane tickets well in advance will yield the best results as they’ll not only be cheaper than buying them closer to the departure date, it will give you a lot more time to shop and price different airlines.  Many airlines offer discounts and promotions, but they have to be used in a certain time frame and more often than not, if you’re trying to fly out in a short period of time, you won’t be eligible.  Always buy tickets in advance to save the most money. Avoid unnecessary fees.

If you’re looking to manage your finances while abroad, you should pay attention to tourist traps and what the locals advise.  In many countries, the most popular restaurants or attractions aren’t necessarily the best – they’re just most well-known because they cater to tourists.  Check out some of the local newspapers or talk to some of the people and ask them where they would go.  The chances are that they’ll point you in the right direction and save you a lot of money in the long run.

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Be careful when it comes to airlines and renting a car.  It’s usually a lot more expensive to use two different airports or two different car rental locations, especially since a lot of rental establishments will charge the customer a high rate per mile.  If it’s possible, always go back to the same place you got your tickets or your car to make sure you’re not paying unnecessary charges or fees.

Look into public transportation both abroad and in your home country.  As with many popular restaurants, a lot of taxi companies are aimed at tourists trying to get around the city, which means not only a higher rate (usually) but they could also take the long way to get you to where you need to go to gouge you on the miles.  Trains and subways are the best routes to take when you’re in an unfamiliar city and you can usually find all the information right on the companies’ websites.

Another trick that many people may not realize while traveling is that many times, you could save a lot of money by paying in the national currency.  If you live in American but are trying to book a hotel in Brazil, try using the local Brazilian mirror of the hotel’s website so you can see how much it will cost in the local currency.  You can then compare that with a currency converter to how much you would pay if you were using United States dollars.  Sometimes paying the local currency can yield some pretty big savings on your part.

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Travelling is expensive – there’s no doubt about it.  But with some carefully planned strategies and convenient tips, it doesn’t need to be as expensive as it possibly would be.  With some research and unorthodox thinking, you could end up saving quite a bit of cash on your trip.

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