How to Reduce Stress and Expenses When Traveling Abroad
By: Ana Margarita Olar | Pinoytrekker.com
Some travel for leisure and some travel for business. For whatever reason, traveling abroad should not cause unnecessary stress. And how will you do that?
Here are some tips to reduce your expenses and get rid of stress when traveling:
USE LAND VEHICLES ON YOUR TOUR
When traveling abroad, try to take land transportation when you go around the place. While air transport can save you time, it can rip off your budget. Trains and buses are excellent ways to travel around and go sightseeing. Just make sure that travel time is in sync with your arrival and departure.
ARRANGE BOOKINGS ONLINE
When you are traveling abroad, seeking help from a travel agent may seem convenient. But to save some money, and avoid the stress of hidden charges, you can book your itineraries online.
You can also avoid being a victim of misrepresentations or fraud when you take care of your own travel itineraries.
TRY SEAT SALE
Travel websites increase the cost of tickets when you book closer to the departure date. When traveling abroad, don’t leave the booking until the last minute. Book your travel earlier, to sniff out discounted tickets, or lower rates.
BOOK WHEN IT’S NOT PEAK SEASON
When you book for travel abroad during a holiday season, ticket prices tend to soar high. So be money wise and book your travel when it’s off peak season. Try booking during Mondays, because tickets are more expensive during mid-week.
TRAVEL LIKE A BACK PACKER
When you choose an accommodation, it’s not all about the luxury. You can still enjoy the place minus the expensive hotels and fancy restaurants. Eat like a local.
Try foods on the streets rather than hotels. Choose a bungalow or a cabin rather than expensive hotel suites. Remember, you’re in for an adventure and not to burn your fortune on luxury.
BE A THRIFT SHOPPER WHEN TRAVELLING ABROAD
To save your budget, you have to shake off your shopping enthusiasm. Get hold of yourself. And don’t shop with your emotions. Always carry good logic and reasoning when you are shopping. Go to local stores to find one of a kind souvenir items at a lower price.
STEER CLEAR OF TOURIST SPOTS WHEN EATING OR SHOPPING
Of course, you want to take a snap of tourist spots. Make sure to bring food along. Do this to keep you from giving in to overpriced foods and other items found on tourist spots.
Whether you travel for business or for leisure, it doesn’t have to be expensive. What you need is a proper mindset and plan beforehand to get the best deals.