Who likes to travel ? Almost everyone! Who likes to spend a lot when on the road? Almost nobody! That is why I believe that this article will be very useful for many people who want to discover the world without spending all their savings.
There are a series of tricks that allow us to travel for little , but we must know them and put them into practice so that our days of leisure do not translate into a painful bill that postpones our next trip excessively.
1- Take some food
If you go on vacation to a country like Thailand, do not do it, unless you do not want to give up the taste of good ham so many kilometers away from Spain. However, in destinations like Norway you may regret not having brought sausage and other foods that weigh and take up very little. Having money to go somewhere is one thing, but then you have to have a series of expenses that can complicate your life . The most accused, almost always, those of the meals.
2- Go all you can and more
The most expensive option in the world is to go by taxi, so do not think about it unless it is a necessity. Then there is renting a car, which is not usually cheap either and you have the whole trip worried about whether the car takes a hit and the franchise does not cover it. The next step, which is the one that we usually sell as economic , is to go by bus, metro or train. It is true that it is the cheapest option of all those mentioned above, but it is also true that you will save much more by going to the places on foot .
3- Stay away from the center
What I just told in the previous paragraph is more expensive if you have chosen a hotel that is not close to the center, since it is not the same to walk for 15 or 20 minutes than to have to do it for an hour or more. Calculate if you will save more by staying in the suburbs and taking public transport or going to the center to walk.
4- Solve all your doubts
Sometimes, in order not to make a fool of ourselves, we are left with the desire to ask questions that are not really ridiculous at all. For example, if this is the first time you are traveling to Italy, it is likely that you do not know what the famous " coperto " is that they charge you in many restaurants. That means that the food ends up costing you more than you thought, especially if you go as a family.
5- Beware of luggage
Traveling with little luggage is not only a relief due to issues of weight to drag, but it will also allow you to buy products at your destination to carry them in your suitcase without fear of being charged more for excess weight or for carrying it in your hand.
6- Compare prices
If you are hanging around a restaurant area to eat, take a good look at the menus of many of them to compare and make a good decision. Remember that going the cheapest is not always synonymous with success. Any advice on that? Never go to a restaurant that is completely empty while the others are full. It’s a bad sign.
In the same way, you should also compare the prices of souvenirs entering several stores, since many times they have the same products with prices that can vary a lot. If you buy them in very touristy areas , be prepared to pay more than normal.
7- Buy water in supermarkets
Especially if you travel in summer , which is when it gets hotter and we need to go with bottles in our backpack the most. If you buy them in lost places or in beach bars, they will cost you much more than if you buy them in a supermarket. Be proactive.
8- Visits on days with free admission
You already know that there are exhibitions, museums, art galleries and tourist attractions that can sometimes be visited for free . There are those that one day a week offer free admission, while there are others that can only be visited without paying once a month. Find out to plan your trip as low cost as possible.
9- Haggle in the markets
You already know how the markets work. You don’t have to be in the Marrakesh Souk to haggle with a vendor. They know you are a tourist and they start with a high price in case you want to haggle. They are prepared and know how far they can go. You should know it too so as not to be too heavy in the negotiations.
10- Student card everywhere
Do you have a student card? Take it away! Many times you have a discount at museums, tourist attractions, etc. The best of all is that they hardly look at it, so you can present a university card from more than 10 years ago in case it sneaks .