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Thanks to the Internet, traveling abroad is now a reachable goal with so many options at your fingertips. But for the best travel experience, you need to be money-smart. Here are five tips to make your money go a long way the next time you travel abroad.
by Leah C. Eriguel, 12 August 2017
Your credit card company texts you about their latest travel perks every so often and the airline piso fare promos are all over your FB feed. Now is a great time to travel the world, and knowing the best ways to save on costs while traveling can make the experience worth repeating. Check out these five ways to make you money-wise with your travel plans.
1. Go Incognito When You Search for Flights
Notice how your flight prices change after searching a few times on your web browser? Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a certain route is searched repeatedly. That’s because the site wants to scare you into booking the flight right away before prices get even higher. The solution? Always search for flights in private browsing mode to see the lowest prices. Thriftynomads.com advises us that in Google Chrome or Safari, incognito is enabled by hitting Command/Shift/N. It’s Ctrl/Shift/N if you’re on a PC.
2. Explore the Airbnb Option
How much do you save staying at an Airbnb vs. a hotel? Priceonomics.com says 21.2%, if you’re renting an entire apartment and 49.5% if you’re just renting a private room on Airbnb. ‘Nuff said.
3. Visit the Tourism Board of the Country You are Visiting
They’ll be experts on your location, give you a lot of information, help you book tours, and even direct you to attractions that suit your interests.
4. Walk or Take Public Transit in Lieu of Cabs or Rental Cars
What’s common among savvy, money-wise travelers? They don’t gain weight from their trips abroad from all the walking. Walking is good for your health and for your wallet. It also allows you to discover the local nooks and crannies you wouldn’t get the chance to see, if you hail taxis or rent a car. If you opt for public transport, research on the best payment option. Most key cities have discounted smart-card passes available. For example, Amsterdam has the Holland pass and the I Amsterdam City Card, which give you discounts on hop-on-hop-off buses, canal cruises, and popular destinations. You can purchase online then pick up at the airport.
5. Download Food Apps to Find the Best and Most Affordable Restaurants
Eating out on your travels can put a hole in your wallet faster than you can say bon appetit. If you want to check out the local culinary scene, subscribe to restaurant deals near your destination through websites like Groupon or LivingSocial. Or download food apps like Jetzy and Off the Menu, which are great tools for foodies on a budget. Both apps are downloadable for free on the App Store or Google Play.