How to save money when travelling
1. Take out travel insurance for your trip. It may seem like an unnecessary expense if you don’t end up making a claim, but if anything unexpected happened and you got sick or injured, the costs may range from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand dollars depending on where you are.
2. Be flexible with your travel dates if you can – check out peak and off-peak travel prices, it may make a big difference to the cost of your trip.
3. If you’re planning on buying duty free items, make sure you know the price of the same items at home before you go, sometimes duty free prices aren’t significantly cheaper and sometimes the cost of carrying duty free items around outweigh the price difference.
4. Be organised and bulk buy on attractions, there’s usually a discount if you pay for a few attractions together rather than paying separately for each individual attraction.
5. If a package holiday’s itinerary is similar to what you’d like to do, consider taking one, they’re usually cheaper than if you had organised the same holiday yourself.
7. Unless you have a local SIM card, avoid offshore charges and don’t use your phone for data roaming. Remember to take advantage of hotels or cafes that offer free Wi–Fi.
8. Try not to book things through your hotel – there may be a surcharge for the service – book online or through a local tourist office. When booking hotels or flights, check what extras are included. Sometimes you can do without the extra frills, and be able to get a cheaper price.
9. When working out what type of money you will take overseas, have a think about the type of country you’re visiting and investigate the fees and charges that apply.
10. Haggle your way through – if you don’t ask, you won’t ever know if you can get a cheaper price for what you want.
11. Luggage allowances aren’t as generous as they used to be. Check the airline’s size and weight restrictions before you pack. Reconsider your need to take everything you’ve packed and think about how you can reuse items that you’re already taking.
12. If you aren’t fussed about how you travel, look into travelling by bus or coach between destinations, sometimes they’re a cheaper option.
13. A travel pass for the country you’re travelling in will help you save costs on transport. A sightseeing pass may also get you unlimited travel on public transport and discounts at attractions.
14. If you’re over 65 or a student, bring your ID, as you may get discounts or free entry to some attractions.
15. Buying cash from the bureau de change can be expensive. You may find that your own debit card or credit card is a better option.
16. Cruises are inclusive of food, accommodation and most activities. Avoid the fancy restaurants which incur a charge, alcohol, the casinos and shops and you may be able have a great holiday within your budget.
17. If you’re able to book at the last minute, you may be able to get cheap deals on cruise cabins and hotel rooms.
18. The benefits of a loyalty program may be worth the hassle of signing up to one.
19. Walk instead of using public or private transport.