Vacations often require a lot of saving up and research, and even then it can still take a toll on your budget. Don’t let this scare you off from traveling! You can play it smart with these tips and get the best value for your upcoming trip: Negotiate and compare Most people are not aware […]
November 13, 2019
Vacations often require a lot of saving up and research, and even then it can still take a toll on your budget. Don’t let this scare you off from traveling! You can play it smart with these tips and get the best value for your upcoming trip:
Negotiate and compare
Most people are not aware that you can ask for a bargain when it comes to booking accommodations or tours. Ask for a discount rate or check for possible promos for your travel dates. When it comes to flights, you can also shop around and compare which routes or dates are the cheapest for your preferred date and destination.
Consider all-inclusive tours
These days it’s easy to be an independent, DIY traveler as everything is right at your fingertips. However, all-inclusive tours can come out cheaper since it’s sold as a complete package of flight, accommodation and tour.
Skip the extras
Seat selection, priority boarding and inflight meals will inflate the price of your flight. If you check in early at the airport, you and your travel companions have a good chance of being seated together. Worried you’ll get hungry while flying? Pack snacks instead so you won’t be tempted to get something while onboard.
For hotel accommodations, you can check if the nightly rate will come out cheaper if you skip the hotel breakfast – there are tastier, cheaper options outside your hotel which you can take advantage of.
Avoid surprises at the airport
Make sure that your luggage fits within the size and weight restrictions of your airline, so you avoid surprise excess charges when you get to the airport. Take note that your liquids should not go beyond 100ml and should be placed inside a resealable plastic bag; otherwise security will ask you to leave your liquids behind.
Look for the best exchange rate
Never use the money changers at the airport, where the rate will not be beneficial for you. You can use your debit card at the ATMs (where the rate will be more favorable), but be aware of how much you can withdraw and whether there are extra charges to be incurred for every withdrawal.
Plan your itinerary wisely
Save on your taxi, train or bus fare by mapping out an itinerary that allows you to explore attractions on foot. You can research ahead and make sure they’re located within the same area.
Some countries, such as Indonesia, Japan, , allow a tax refund for certain amounts or purchases when you shop during your stay. Ask the shop assistant if they are covered by the tax refund and if they are, verify or confirm the next steps so you don’t miss out on a good bargain.
Get a travel pass
Not up for walking? Cities like Hong Kong, Sydney and London offer travel passes that you can use for your commute and even for shopping in convenience stores. Some cities also offer museum passes which can cut down your sightseeing costs. Sometimes there are also certain discounts (and even free entry!) for senior citizens and students, so don’t forget to bring an ID while you’re out exploring.
Splurge on lunch
Lunchtime is the best if you wish to eat out and treat yourself to something fancy. Menus are always cheaper at lunch, when you can pick the dish of the day or the fixed-price set meal.
Data roaming rates can pile up without you being aware of it, so double check your mobile data plan before you go or turn off your mobile data completely. These days it’s easy to rent a pocket wifi router, which you can either pick up at the airport when you arrive or delivered straight to your hotel.