The average worker usually gets around 16-20 paid leaves per year. That is roughly two to three weeks off work. For some people, they spend those weeks off with their family at home. Other people, who are more adventurous, on the other hand, choose to spend it traveling to someplace new.
With just a few days off work, it is imperative that you make the most out of your vacation. So, here are some clever tricks that you should try in order to save money during your next trip:
Avoid buying airport snacks or souvenirs
If you really need to eat, buy something outside of the airport. You should know that food and items being sold inside the airport are priced way above their real cost. So, you can either buy food before you get to the airport or bring your own packed food.
Read about fees for checked-in baggage
In case you don’t know, some airlines allow baggage allowance to be combined for multiple passengers, while some other airlines do not have such a policy. You should also read about other policies such as how much fees you will be charged if you exceed the allowed weight. Believe me, these things matter.
Consider bringing a card with no international fees
When traveling, it is always best to pay with cash. However, there are instances that you use your debit or credit card. It may seem a bit trivial, but those fees could quickly pile up. If you do opt to use them, consider using one with no international fees.
Stay at a friend’s place instead of a hotel
If you have a friend or a relative who is staying abroad, you can try asking if it’s okay for you to stay with them for a couple of days. You can then offer to help with the household chores and to treat them to dinner during your stay. Don’t forget to bring a thank you gift and to personally thank them for their hospitality.
Save on hotels by booking directly
If you do decide to stay at a hotel, then it would be best to book directly with the hotel since it could cost you less. Some hotels have loyalty programs where guests can save a significant amount of money on accommodations. Look at their website and see what you can find out.
Make compromises on what you spend on
If you want to travel lavishly, then you have to make a decision about what you want to get out of that trip and make some sacrifices here and there. For instance, if you want to stay at a posh hotel, then you have to consider eating budget meals or even cooking your own food. If you want to splurge on food, then you should think about staying at a cheap inn instead of a three-star hotel. Know your priorities and think about how you can compensate for every expense.
Consider other travel alternatives
If you can get there by train or by bus, then you should consider taking those alternatives. When you travel by air, you tend to spend a lot more as opposed to when you’re traveling by land. Before you book that flight, think about all the available options. Of course, your first priority is your safety. If taking that alternative means that you are risking your safety, then it’s totally okay for you to spend a bit more.
Let your feet be your travel guide
Sometimes, you can find the best places in town just by walking around. Instead of booking a tour, you can just explore the city on your own. Then again, if you have a friend who is living there, you can try asking him or her to accompany you. Also, it gives you the opportunity to really see and enjoy everything. Your pocket will even thank you for it.
So, these are all the clever tricks that can help you save some money on your next trip. If you are really bent on saving a lot of money while traveling, you can also choose to work abroad. I think that would be easier. Don’t you think so?