How to Save Money While Travelling

Travel can be expensive, but with a little thought and planning, you can really minimize your costs and travel more!  Here are some tips:

  1. You don’t need to pay big bucks for water.  Take an empty bottle through security and fill it at a water fountain. 
  2. Research current local currency exchange rates so you can shop for the best rate and avoid being scammed. 
  3. Eat breakfast at your hotel if it is offered.  Save your restaurant expenses for the other meals.
  4. Other than a few exceptions, don’t wait until the last minute to book.  Flights, hotels, and cruises often go up in price closer to departure. 
  5. Use a Travel Agent!  They can save you money by finding the best deal, looking out of promotions, and getting you added value. 
  6. Pack snacks such as fruit, sandwiches or granola bars at a local grocery store or bring some with you from home.  You can avoid overpriced airline and airport food. 
  7. Book a room with a kitchenette so that you can prepare your own meals and refrigerate some drinks.
  8. Avoid tourist trap souvenir shops.  Try to look more off the beaten path for local treasures.
  9. Use the hotel’s in room coffee maker to make hot water for instant soup or oatmeal.
  10. If you can afford it, travelling in poor economic times can be very cost-effective.  Travel companies need to fill buses, hotels, cruises ships and planes, and will often discount deeply to make it happen.

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