How to save money on travel: 10 really useful life hacks
Vacation is always not cheap, especially recently, when the exchange rate and the Euro are rapidly creeping up. But even despite this, most people manage to plan their vacation in such a way to get the most impressions, but not to overpay. Passion.ru talked to “experienced travelers” and learned some life hacks for you to see the world and not go broke.
The sooner the better
To profitably purchase tickets (or even whole tours), start in advance to monitor special offers and promotions. Travelers with experience claim that earlier booking helps to save up to 40%. In addition, in this case, it is possible to get really something worthy, and not to miss the remains on the principle of “take what you give”.
Luggage, off-season and accommodation search
Experts remind that in the same off-season prices in hotels, for example, are much lower than during the influx of tourists. Therefore, you can adjust your dates, so as not to overpay once again for the room. As an alternative, you can see hostels and guesthouses, especially since in the same Europe there are quite decent options. As for Luggage, it is better to take a minimum of universal things that you will definitely use on the train. Aerobatics – travel with a backpack, do not overpay for the advantage and do not waste time at airports, waiting for your suitcase to be delivered to the baggage claim area.
Before each trip, decide on the transfer from the airport. It happens that it is quite comfortable to get on the subway or high-speed train, spending a minimum of money than to pay for a taxi and spend as a result half a day in some traffic jam. If you decide to get there by car, then book a car through brokers – it is always cheaper to book directly through agents. In some countries, for example, it is cheaper to take a car from local local offices, and in others it is considered decency to bargain to significantly reduce the price.
As controversial as it may sound, however, those who often travel, recommend not to save on this point and always make travel insurance. After all, if you happen to any trouble in another country, you risk to give much more money than if you had paid initially. Depending on the direction, choose the amount of coverage that, in case of unforeseen circumstances, will be able to compensate for the treatment.
Savings on transport
Think about your route in advance and choose accommodation that is located near the main attractions or in the part of the city where you will spend more time. Give preference to those options from which you can easily walk to the main places that you would like to visit. Thus, you will be able to reduce the item of expenditure and spend these funds on something more substantial. In Asia, for example, seasoned travelers are advised to pre-book a hotel for two or three days, and on the spot to find a cheap, but no less worthy option, which is often not even included in the global booking system. Also try to minimize the use of taxis, or even do without it.
Guides and excursions
First, do not forget that in many European museums there are days of free visits, so go to the site of the institution you are interested in in advance and study the program. In addition, the major European cities offer free daily excursions free walking tour, which start at a certain time and start from the same point. Despite the fact that they are free, it is accepted as a thank you to leave a small tip to the guide. You can save on the guide if you take audio guides and guide apps, many of which are free.
Cars and Parking
If you still decide to travel by car, you can use special services to find fellow travelers, which will help you save on trips for both long and short distances. Also, do not forget that in the same Europe almost always paid Parking, but you can leave your car for free near one of the many supermarkets. If you travel by car in the warmer months, you can reduce your costs at the campsite.
Food and Souvenirs
If you want to get acquainted with traditional cuisine, it is not necessary to choose tourist locations or look for Michelin-starred restaurants. You can use special services, where the locals offer to feed you local delicacies for a very reasonable cost. As for Souvenirs, we should not forget that at the airport or advertised shops they will cost much more than in the usual shops located away from the tourist routes. Before making a large purchase, always learn about the possibility of tax refund in this country. And come to the airport a little bit in advance to have time to issue duty free.
Savings on roaming
Many travelers note that they begin to write off money abroad, even when they did not go online. And all because the smartphone, for example, began to automatically download updates and so on. To protect yourself from such actions, you can turn off before the trip from your operator the ability to access the Internet in roaming and on the spot to use free Wi-Fi, which is almost everywhere, even in parks and beaches. In addition, for local calls or sending SMS, connect to a local operator (buy a local SIM card, for example).
Exchange of currency
If you are traveling to Europe or the United States, it makes sense to change euros or dollars in advance. But if you go to Asia, it makes no sense to bring currency. In Argentina, Venezuela, Uzbekistan and a number of other countries there is a so-called “black rate”, which allows you to change money with greater benefit. In addition, it is worth remembering that it is much more profitable to pay in cash than by card.