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How to Save Money While on Vacation

By on June 23, 2017 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Everyone looks forward to a vacation and often sacrifices quite a bit during the year saving for them. Trips provide a chance to get away from our daily routine and responsibilities, and it can be very tempting to go a little crazy. You’ve earned this, right? Well, yes, those long hours you put in at the office or doing overtime at your second job allowed you to spend a week in Hawaii. However, it is entirely possible to enjoy a vacation and not end up with a debt that takes months to clear.

Here are a few tips:

  • Make lunch your big meal of the day. Lunch menus are often cheaper than the evening ones, so why not make noontime your main feast of the day? The only drawback is that you might feel a bit sleepy in the afternoon.
  • Use public transportation. No offense to taxi drivers, but some of them in tourist spots actively take advantage of holiday goers who don’t know their way around or how much the local currency is actually worth. If your destination has a well-organized and safe public transit system, take that instead.
  • Exchange rates. Speaking of cash, exchange rates can vary wildly. Places that blatantly advertise their services with tourists in mind often have rather poor rates; you can actually do better just using an ATM. Do your research before you leave.
  • Accommodation. Yes, it’s great to stay in a Disney World hotel, but it’s probably going to cost you a lot more than picking a hotel just a few miles away.
  • Duty free shops. Souvenirs are great, but they can really set you back a lot of money. Don’t feel bad about using the duty free shop at the airport for some of your purchases.
  • Use local stores for basic things. Room service and stores on hotel grounds are convenient, but you definitely pay a premium for that convenience. If you have easy access to nearby stores, shop with the locals and pay less.

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