If traveling is your number one passion, then you are probably saving a lot of money and preparing for your next trip already. Since that’s not an easy thing to do, you understand that horrible feeling you get after making bad mistakes that cost you a lot of hard-earned money.
Well, we have gathered many mistakes that we have been making and learning from throughout the past years, and now it is your turn to know them all and learn from them in order to make your next trip a mind-blowing experience.
Traveling during the daylight
If you are in a new country and you want to travel from one city to another on a train or a bus, you can save your time and money by traveling during the night.
First, you will be paying less money, no need to book the hotel room for an extra night, and you will be traveling in a traffic-free road, which means a peaceful sleep during the whole trip with no one honking or disturbing your dreams.
Forgetting the six-block rule
In case you never knew this before, the food is always double its price and not that good when you are within 6 blocks of a major of a popular tourist spot.
So in order to enjoy cheap and tasty food, then you have to stay away from crowded places where tourists hang out the most. Keep in mind that local street food markets always have the best food at the cheapest prices.
Not using ride-sharing
You may already know about services like Couchsurfing where you can stay at a local’s house instead of a hotel. Well, there are ride-sharing apps, too.
Instead of wasting your money on public transportation, you can find locals or other travelers going in the same direction as you. It is also a good way to make new friends and make your experience a little more exceptional.
Booking in advance
Early booking works best if you have a strict schedule that you have to stick to. If not, then let your trip be spontaneous and avoid booking it in advance as much as you can. It is the only way you can stay in a hotel where they can give you discounts, and if you have to leave it earlier, then you will not be obligated to pay a fee to change tickets.
Of course, your bank card will have one of the best rates of currency exchange, which means you will never have to carry a lot of money with you. Plus, you will not be obliged to pay extra when exchanging the money. Just remember to get a bank card before you travel that compensates all ATM fees in order to withdraw money anytime you want.
Our biggest nightmare is to be in a foreign country, millions of miles away from home, and get all of our important documents and money stolen. To avoid that, don’t wear any expensive clothes, bags or jewelry.
Try to put each valuable thing in a different bag, and leave them in the hotel. Also, consider taking a money belt and wear your backpack from the front.
Not paying attention to the tipping policy
Not all countries have the same tipping policy as the United States. There are many European countries that already include the tip cost in the bill. It is very important to know this in order to not put way too much money than you should. Plus, you will not be put in an awkward situation.
Skipping travel insurance
The one thing that can save you for many problems in a foreign country is travel insurance. Somehow, we always believe that nothing will happen to us if we traveled, but sometimes they do.
For example, if you got in an accident, no matter how simple it is, you will be saved from spending thousands of dollars. So, a few dollars in your travel insurance will definitely help you.
Not knowing about your transportation options
Renting a car could be an easy option to go around without the need to think about transportation, but it is very expensive. So unless you are planning to go on a road trip, then it is best to not rent any car.
Instead, check out all the public transportation options, like Uber. Sometimes, hotels offer cheap or free transfers to the airport. In Europe, there are many comfortable trains that can take you to the center of the city faster than a car would.
Leaving your money in one place
Of course, you should keep some of your money with you in case of an emergency, but you have to keep extra money secured in several places, and your pockets are not one of them. You can keep it in a shoe, inside your hairbrush, or make a hole in a soap bar where you can put all your cash in.
Traveling might be a little stressful, but it is important to make all the necessary cautions in order to save more money and save yourself from many issues. Don’t forget to enjoy your time and have a wild adventure.