is great, but it can sometimes be expensive. Here are a few ways you can save
money and have a better travel experience at the same time.
traveling overseas how and when you get your money is the easiest way to waste
it. Do NOT exchange money before leaving home. I can counter any argument you
may have to do this, so just trust me and don’t do it. Also do NOT buy
traveler’s checks; those are just another travel money pit. Instead, the best
way to draw out cash overseas is through an ATM. Check with your bank before
leaving home and see if they have cooperative agreements with foreign banks.
Better yet, get a card with no foreign transaction fees.
stores are an amazing travel resource. First, they’re just fascinating from the
purely cultural aspect. It means something that a supermarket in Madrid has
three rows of olive oil and that in Taiwan you can pick up a roasted sweet
potato and boiled tea eggs to go. But, they’re also a fantastic way to save
money. I stop by a store as soon as I arrive in a new city to buy drinks like
Diet Coke and water and snacks at a fraction of the price at the hotel or
convenience stores. Grocery stores are also a fun place to pick up a quick
lunch (many have ready-made sandwiches) or the ingredients for a fantastic
picnic. They’re not always easy to find though, so ask a local (like a hotel
concierge) where the nearest one is and soon you’ll be saving money on one of
the most expensive aspects of travel, food.
this is a common feature in many parts of the world, but be sure to check that
your hotel includes breakfast in the price of the room. Filling up on a
complimentary breakfast before a busy day of sightseeing isn’t only healthy,
but it’s a great way to save money since you can usually get by with a lighter lunch
or at least fewer snacks during the day. If the breakfast isn’t included, see
if the hotel has a concierge or club level that includes it. Usually these
levels also include better rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and various meals and
drinks throughout the day making them a bargain, or at least a very nice perk
if you’re not as big a fan of metro systems as I am, there’s no doubt that
using them when you travel will save you a lot of time and money. At first they
can be daunting, no doubt there, but usually within a day or so you’ll be
walking through the station like a pro, feeling and looking like a local. Or at
least someone who has lived there for a while. To help with this I use the
AllSubway app on my iPhone. This app includes subway and public transportation
maps for virtually every city in the world. The maps are also available
off-line, which is great if you’re not using a data plan. I prefer to use my
phone instead of a foldout map before I look like less of a tourist and
hopefully minimize my risk as a target for pickpockets.
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A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
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