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If you want to travel often, cheaper, and longer, you need to make your money last on your trips.
While there are ways to save money on travel expenses, there are also several money-saving tricks for when you are traveling.
Here are 4 things you can try to do during your travels to save some money.
1. Eat With the Locals
Restaurants and eateries, that cater to tourists, tend to be expensive and not always the best tasting – precisely the reasons why the locals do not eat at those establishments.
Before your trip, you should try to do some research to figure out which restaurants are tourist traps and which ones are frequented by the locals.
It is also worth asking the hotel staff for recommendations on local spots.
2. Shop With the Locals
The prices of simple things such as bug sprays, alcohol, and even water tend to be significantly inflated at hotels and most tourist attractions.
You can potentially save a few hundred dollars just by shopping for those items at a local supermarket or convenience store.
3. Rent a Car
With today’s technology and GPS products, renting a car and navigating new cities and countries have never been easier. Rather than taking taxis everywhere, it may be easier and cheaper to just rent a car.
Before renting a car, be sure to do some research to determine if it even makes sense to rent a car. It might not make sense to rent a car if it would be difficult to park, which can be the case in certain major cities. It also might not make sense to rent a car if the cost of renting a car and parking during your trip would be significantly higher than just taking public transportation.
If you are traveling internationally, be sure to look into the local driving laws and requirements. For example, certain countries require you to have an international driving permit and you would not be able to rent a car without one. One other concern is whether you would even be able to drive the car since the driver side may be different from what you are used to or the rental cars are manual transmission which would be a problem if you only know how to drive automatic.
4. Take Public Transportation
Depending on the city and the time of day, public transportation can be fast, easy, convenient, and extremely cost-effective. If public transportation is available, it usually means that most of the city’s major landmarks and attractions would be accessible by it.
If you do plan to use public transportation, make sure to book a hotel that puts you in close proximity to the main lines.
It would also be helpful to download the transit maps and mapping out your routes prior to your trip, so you are not spending too much time trying to figure it out during your travels.
Do you have any tips to save money while traveling? Leave a comment to let me know.