Our top 10 money-saving travel tips
Have the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank.
From hostel hacks to haggling, you’re covered...
Dreaming of a holiday? Aren’t we always. If your bank account’s looking a little shabby, though don’t stress - we’ve put together our top ten money-saving hacks so you can be sunbaking on the coast of Italy or strolling the streets of Paris in no time.
Before you jet off:
Do your homework! Research makes for one savvy traveller. Find out what other people are saying, learn the tourist traps to avoid and look for cheap deals. Know stuff like the exchange rates to prevent getting ripped off (pro tip: never exchange money at the airport!).
Get travel insurance! This is a biggie. Aussies are notorious for losing their sh*t all over the world. Insurance will save you some dollars should you run into any mischief overseas.
Get ‘appy. There’s a LOT of apps out there to make travelling in foreign country smoother. Maps.me is a map app (see what we did there) you can use without data or wifi plus there’s heaps of travel guides and language apps (save money on those pesky phrasebooks you never use and have to lug around).
Make a budget. This sounds boring and adult but it’s worth it. Figure out how much you can afford to spend each day and stick to it once you’re over there. (And yes that probs means not buying everyone a round of tequila shots at the hostel bar - soz).
While you’re there:
FREE BREAKFAST. Get on it. Find accommodation that offers brekky and you’re saving at least one meal out. Plus, you can always do the sneaky thing and wrap some up in a napkin for snacks later. Genius.
Find free wi-fi. Libraries, museums, cafes, McDonalds and Starbucks usually all have wi-fi available. If you’re desperate for your social-media fix, head to one those places instead of forking out for an internet cafe or hotel internet access.
Don’t eat out every night. One of the best parts about travelling is exploring foreign supermarkets. Make the most of those long summer nights and have a picnic dinner or alternatively, stay somewhere with a kitchen (another travel hack) and cook up a feast with local produce.
Haggle! It feels totally awks at first, but at a lot of markets and tour companies haggling is expected. If you’re in a big group wanting to do something, see if you can wrangle a cheaper price. Remember ask and you shall (maybe) receive.
Be flexible! Don’t waste money somewhere you’re not enjoying yourself. Don’t book too much in advance either, you’ll lose out on cancellation fees if plans change. The beauty of travel is being able to find new places to explore.
Not quite ready for Europe? Check our budget Bali tips here.
Happy travelling! Now all you’ve got to worry about is what to pack. Make sure you look the part with the right bag for all your savvy traveller needs…
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By: Daisy D’Souza