Save Money While Travelling And Abroad With These Tips
Our latest blog looks in to ways of saving money while travelling and when abroad, with some useful tips that an unseasoned traveller might not be aware of.
Holidays get expensive because the tourist industry is very, very good at catching you unprepared or unawares and then charging you a massive mark-up on items that you literally cannot do without. From travel adapters to simple stuff like food on the plane, everything is geared towards making you spend even more money than the items you buy could possibly be worth.
In this article, we’re going to explore how to develop a mind-set that’s more critical of the tourist industry that should get you to spend less by slowing down and taking a more planned and measured approach instead of throwing your money away. Read on for some of the tips.
Save Money When In Transit
Everything at the airport is unnecessarily expensive, that’s a given. So pack all your own food, although you’ll have to leave drinks behind. Don’t spend on any meals at the airport or on the plane that you couldn’t just buy at your local supermarket in advance. On your return journey shopping at local supermarkets will also be cheaper than buying yet more expensive stuff.
And speaking of money and things in advance, don’t EVER use the bureau de change at the airport because the rate they give you is frankly appalling. At one of the lowest points in 2016 the pound was nearly at 1:1 with the Euro at airport cash kiosks because of Brexit. You can order money online well in advance to avoid falling into this particular trap.
Save Money At The Destination
If you’re heading to a known tourist destination, be mindful that the businesses and vendors there have been at their game for years and are really good at capitalising on your naivety at the exchange rates on currency or simply just being in the right place at the right time.
Pretty much any place that has a regular influx of tourists will be out to overcharge for items that you may have left behind – so to avoid any woes or worries, try to stay out of shops that look like they are for tourists. If you can, try to buy things from places the locals buy them. You might not fit in and you may have language issues but they’ll most likely charge less.
Another thing to realise is that your lack of knowledge of the local area may lead to you being ‘funnelled’ into a part of town more suited to tourists. In massively popular destinations like Amsterdam for example it’s particularly easy to spot – large tour group crowds, signs in many languages and shops that sell a myriad of items that you would only find useful if you left yours at home.
Areas like this tend to ramp up the prices – so consider exploring further afield before you stay and spend your money where everyone else is, or just using common sense. Drinking at the place you’re staying before a wild night out is a good tip – clubs and venues notoriously ramp up prices.
Being able to read the situation is another really good skill to pick up if you’re going to be a wise spender abroad. Your cash is usually finite – you’ve budgeted for a holiday and you by no means have to spend it all. However, you are going to be bombarded by reasons to spend cash.
The wisest thing you can do is ditch the big holiday spender attitude and try to blend in with the crowd. Once it’s gone that’s it. It’s a good idea to plan your spending for the day and store the majority of your cash and cards in your room where you’re staying.
When it comes to souvenirs, don’t be afraid to avoid the whole issue entirely. Chances are you will find something on your holiday that catches your eye, but don’t feel the need to purchase things from places that want you to think about souvenirs. Usually the best things you find abroad cost little and are unique in that they aren’t produced to be bought as souvenirs.
Above all, stay safe with your money – don’t flash it or declare you have a lot of it because this is generally considered rude, plus you will find yourself inclined to spend more. Staying safe personally is also a lot easier if it seems like you’re not exceedingly wealthy – plus, if you’re a little humble it may take you places you’d otherwise not see.