We asked 14 travel experts to share their No. 1 tip for saving money when they're on vacation
- Traveling can be an expensive endeavor if you don't approach it with a plan.
- Being flexible with your travel dates, being open to where you stay, and even simple things like bringing food to the airport can all help save you money and stress.
- We talked to 14 travel experts to get their takes on the best ways to save money on vacation.
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When you're on vacation or traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is your budget - and whether you're blowing it.But if you don't think about it in advance, you could easily overspend when that money could have been put to better use.Advertisement
Read more: How to create a travel budget and stick to it, according to someone who's been traveling abroad for over 2 years
"Budgeting, or saving just some of your money now, will pay dividends later," Will Hatton, founder of TheBrokeBackpacker.com and Hotel Jules, told Business Insider in an email. "The theory of saving a small amount each day - whether it's ordering a medium-sized meal, staying outside the city center, or taking the bus - can pay dividends in the long run."He said some places, even within the same area, can be more expensive than others, so you need to skew your budget accordingly.
"For example, if you are going to spend two weeks in Thailand, then two weeks in Australia, your budget may be 50-50, (but) you should adjust it to 25-75, or else you will quickly run out of money in Australia," Hatton said. "Being front-heavy with your money may result in you missing out on experiences, trips, and adventures later."We asked 14 travel experts to share their No. 1 tip for saving money when they're traveling. Their answers are helpful to anyone who needs help saving money on their vacations.
Travel to places where your home currency takes you further.
To find out about flight deals, sign up for travel newsletters and sales alerts in advance.Advertisement
Be flexible with your travel dates.
Consider various housing options, from hotels to hostels.Advertisement
If you have plenty of downtime on your trip, pet-sit or volunteer in exchange for housing.
Bring food to the airport.Advertisement
Eat where the locals eat and travel how the locals travel.
Skip drinks and dessert when eating out.Advertisement
Shop at local grocery stores.
When traveling internationally, always use a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees and be cognizant of currency conversions.Advertisement
Bring more than one credit and debit card with you.
Use an airline-specific credit card.Advertisement
Carry a water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
Track your expenses before your trip and set a daily budget.Advertisement
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