When traveling, we usually long to avoid any of the always changing tourist traps. We usually go online, check our Lonely Planet and converse with friends that have gone the same route. Deep inside, we want to be acknowledged as savvy travelers and therefore awarded the authority to call out every rip-off situation that crosses our paths.
As much as we try, this market is run by ninjas, and although we are careful, they always seem to get their way into our wallets. Therefore, we would like to show you some of the things that have been punching holes in your wallet and you probably have no idea about.
7: Gift shops and central shops
This one is a no-brainer, if you are in a central location, it is more likely that you will be taken advantage of. Well, not quite true. Sometimes we keep ourselves from buying that perfect T-shirt, in the hopes for a better deal elsewhere. Well, sometimes we won’t find it!
Our tip is not to dodge places so harshly while traveling. Once you are in a less central area, compare the prices of similar products and finally judge if it is indeed a rip-off. It is also an opportunity to engage with locals… simply ask someone on the street if that area is a haven or a trap.
6. Convenience at a price
Especially in Europe, you can see many of the so called convenience supermarkets, those are well placed from central stations to airports. Although the prices are not ridiculously higher, most places are steps away from bigger chains and cheaper prices. So if you have some time, grab the chance for some outdoor exercise and find the nearest supermarket.
5. Buying in airports
People just love to stroll around the duty-free area in the hopes of getting amazing deals. But in reality although things seem cheaper than in your local stores, you end up buying much more than you have anticipated. Our tip is to set a clear plan of what you want to buy, and if these things are not available or not at a reasonable price, run as fast as you can, and don’t look back, nor to the sides.
We know caffeine is vital for most people, and every pit stop is an excuse to sip on some bitter warmth. But as much as you love Starbucks, it can have a big effect on your travel budget. You should opt for cheaper options or bringing it along in a thermal bottle. It will compromise bag space but your wallet will remain healthy.
3. Travel in shoulder seasons
There is always a reason for low seasons in countries. Sometimes traveling to some destinations could be quite boring or even dangerous (hurricane alert!). A good way to avoid the crowds and still have a good time is to travel in shoulder seasons. The seasons in between low and high, when prices are coming down from the high peeks during summer or extended holidays. Mid May and mid-August through October are ideal times to travel to Europe, when the weather’s still nice but there aren’t too many tourists.
2. Inspect deals thoroughly
Sometimes we choose our destinations as a result of an incredible price on airfare tickets. Although this could be a good way to save a few bucks, sometimes if we make the math it is not so incredible after all. Sometimes destinations are so expensive, that the additional cash you would spend on a ticket elsewhere could be worthwhile. As an example, a ticket to London might be a hundred euros cheaper than to Buenos Aires, but in Buenos Aires you could stretch your cash way more than in London.
1.Pay the real price
We all know that in some destinations prices change according to the language we speak or the way we look. If you are in a market or in a place where you think it is appropriate, haggle for your life. They probably have altered the prices anyway, so in the end, the worst it can happen is that you pay the real price.
If you have more tips on saving money while traveling, please share them on the comments below!