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If you love grabbing a travel bargain or saving some dollars (or pesos or yen) while on vacation, this article is for you! We’ll show you some easy ways to save money while traveling so that your next trip won’t be stressful on your wallet.

Take Advantage of All-Inclusive Services

Everyone knows all-inclusive travel packages are a great way to save money. However, make sure you use your deal to its full advantage by having most of your meals at the restaurants included in your package. Also, make sure you know all the inclusions you can enjoy, such as entertainment, vouchers, snacks and water sports. 

 

At the same time, it can be nice to splurge on a special night out at a renowned restaurant that you’ve read about in a travel magazine, especially if you are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and won’t be back there again anytime soon.

Avoid Currency Exchange Fees

Avoiding currency exchange fees is a great way to save money while traveling. There are several ways to do this:

 

  • Use a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. (American Express, Discover and Visa all have credit cards with no foreign transaction fees.)
  • Use your debit card instead of cash. If you use your debit card for purchases, it will be converted into the local currency and won’t incur any charges from the bank or ATM where it was withdrawn from. If you’re going on an extended trip, consider getting yourself a prepaid debit card before leaving home so that you can load up funds onto it without paying extra fees for using an international bank account or withdrawing large sums at once (and possibly having them flagged as suspicious).

Earn Points & Miles on Your Credit Card

If you’re looking to earn points and miles, credit cards can be a good option. Points and miles can be used to pay for flights, hotel rooms, rental cars, gift cards and more. Some credit cards offer signup bonuses as well.

Pack and Shop Wisely

Research where you are going and anticipate what you will need to take and what you can buy along the way. Depending on your destination, it might be difficult to buy certain products, including medication, beauty products and electronic accessories. 

 

Example one: Buying a travel adaptor can be cheaper at your local hardware store than getting it at the airport, but if you can borrow one at your destination, it’s even better. 

 

Example two: Sunblock in Asian countries is often expensive because it’s imported and locals don’t use it much. So it’s better to take your own. But many pharmacy products can be much more affordable, so you can stock up on fever patches, deodorants, bandages and plasters and save some money. We are travel experts, so feel free to ask us your questions if you are unsure.

Take Advantage of Free Things to See & Do

Before you arrive at a new destination, do your homework by researching free or cheap things to see and do in the area. There will almost always be free attractions and events in every city. If a museum is expensive, consider visiting the permanent collection instead of paying separately for an exhibition.

 

You can also find out about special deals from local businesses by checking out their social media platforms. If a restaurant has a special night with live music with discounts on food, it can be more fun than other evenings and save you money. Online research can also inspire excitement for your vacation and save you money.

We hope this article has given you ideas on how you might save money that you can put towards shopping, cocktails or a fancy dinner! If you’re ready to start planning your next vacation, contact us today.