Five ways you can save money while traveling

Do you love to travel? I bet you understand how expensive it can be especially if you have a tight budget. Here are five ways you can save money while travelling:

  1. Look for free activities in the area, town, or city

Before you tour, it is important to do a little research and see if there are free activities in the area. The community calendar can help you see what is going on in town while you are there. Talk with residents to familiarize yourself with the town or city. Also, do a self-guided walking tour to know what happens in that city and what time it happens. For example, museums often give one free day a week or discounted admission after a certain time of day.

  1. Rent an apartment

If you are traveling with kids or family, avoid checking in to a hotel but instead look for a safe and affordable apartment. Apartment or Condo is often cheaper. You can visit VRBO, HomeAway and Trip advisor websites to find better options. The apartment is also advantageous because it gives you homely feeling and privacy. No one monitors you when are leaving or coming back.

  1. Text and make calls while using Wi-Fi where possible

Texting and calling abroad adds up your budget. It is advisable to turn off your cellar data whenever possible. Some cellular providers charge 50 cents for each text sent if you are overseas and 20 cents for each text received. Before you travel, check with your cell phone carrier about international costs charges. To avoid such additional charges you can use Facetime audio, skype calls, WhatsApp and Facebook messager. Avoid using public WIFI because it comes with risks.

  1. Pack medicines that you don’t think you will need

Ibuprofen, vitamins, cough drops, and allergy medications are very expensive at airports and tourist convenience areas. You can save yourself from paying either double or triple the regular price by carrying a small bag of medication. No one knows when he or she will get sick. It is important to keep prescription medication in its pharmaceutical bottle with the original label. According to the TSA administration website, Prescription liquid medications are not a subject.

  1. Consider a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees and eat local.

While traveling, avoid cash advances because you will be hit with high transaction and interest fees. If you must exchange money upon, don’t do it in the airport. Most airport rates are the worst and in the long run, you lose a lot of money in the process. If you reduce your food budget, you can save a lot. I know how it is easy to walk into a nice restaurant and chalk it up to vacation but the bad news is that you can spend much money within seconds. If you eat local, you will dig a little deeper into the pocket. Travel experts say that eating at local restaurants provides a traveler with a more authentic trip feel. All of those tips count and can help you save money during your travel or vacation.