Even though you may have a terrific luxe-for-less holiday deal, once you get on the road you will still be spending money. From getting around a destination to eating out, bills can add up, but there are four great ways you can save money when you’re away from home. Top of the list is paying to use your own money when you travel; to avoid paying fees for foreign transactions, consider switching banks and getting a debit card or ATM card which doesn’t attract these fees. And as for ATM fees, avoid these by taking plenty of the local currency with you, and if you do have to withdraw money at your destination, avoid doing it in small amounts as you’ll pay fees each time. Another way to save relates to your check in baggage. Over-packing can be expensive if you’re flying with an airline that charges per bag or has limited weight allowance, so make sure the case you use is lightweight when empty, and not too big. Also reduce what you pack as you can always pick up items locally including toiletries, and you can use a laundry to get your clothes clean if you’re away for more than a few days.
Eating out at restaurants can be expensive as well as bad for your waistline if you overindulge. If you’re staying in an apartment hotel or any type of self-catering accommodation, shop at a local supermarket instead and aim to eat at least one or two meals per day at home. If you are staying at a hotel, avoid room service as it attracts additional charges and can be expensive, and use local takeaways instead, or shop at supermarkets for items such as pre-made salads and sandwiches and soft drinks. If you subscribe to any deals websites, you can also stock up on restaurant deals for the destination you’re visiting. And our final tip for saving money is to use public transport or your feet to explore your destination; this isn’t just good for your wallet but also for your health. Taxis can be expensive in many countries, so consider using a service like Uber, or transfer services for the airport, or possibly car rental if it’s cheap and the price of fuel is good. Walking is one of the best ways to go, however, as you may be able to get off the tourist track – just make sure it is safe, and if you’re unsure, ask a hotel concierge or do some research.