Let’s face it, going on a vacation is not cheap, especially if you plan on going somewhere very exotic. Traveling by plane will also add a major amount of money to your travel expenses. Unless you have money to burn, you owe it to yourself to do whatever you can to save as much money as possible whenever you travel. There are many simple methods you can use to accomplish this. Some methods are better than others, depending on your intended destination. You would be wise to do your homework prior to departing on your trip. The extra time that you spend researching cheap hotels will pay huge dividends down the road. Here are some ways to avoid going broke while on vacation.
Ways to Save Money on Vacation
1. Avoid buying alcohol
While it is true that you will be able to find a wide variety of items at prices far lower than they are in the United States, alcohol is an item that will be expensive no matter where you travel to. In many cases, it will be even more expensive than it is in the United States. While it is ok to order some wine during a romantic dinner, it would be wise to keep the alcohol purchases to a minimum if you want to avoid a financial crisis during your trip.
2. Negotiate with local shopkeepers
This is a practice that is going to seem very strange to people who are not used to doing it on a regular basis. In many foreign countries, especially India and much of the Middle East, shopkeepers expect you to haggle with them. The art of negotiating a good price is part of the local tradition, dating back many centuries. Therefore, you should not be surprised if you do not see any specific prices listed on various items that you find for sale at local bazaars. You should especially expect to negotiate with street vendors. However, if you are shopping in a regular grocery or retail store, you will not be able to negotiate prices on any of the items. The more practice you have at negotiating, the better you will become at it. A person who is skilled at negotiating can easily save himself or herself literally hundreds of dollars during a vacation.
3. Avoid using air conditioning whenever possible
Air conditioning is a great convenience to have, especially if you are taking a vacation in a particularly hot and humid part of the world. However, air conditioning is also a convenience that will cost you more money. This is why you should only use it when it is absolutely necessary. For example, if you use your air conditioning while you are in a car, you will consume a much greater amount of fuel than if you did not use it. Gas can be very expensive in many parts of the world, even more than the high prices in the United States. The more air conditioning you use while you drive, the more gas you will be forced to buy. You should use the air conditioning very sparingly. Most hotels and lodges will force you to pay more for an air conditioned room. Unless the heat and humidity where you are staying are absolutely unbearable, you should save some money and opt for a room that is not equipped with air conditioning.
This article was written and provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk