While traveling, whether it’s abroad or to a neighboring state, there are many mistakes that a traveler can make. These mistakes can result in you in losing money, time, and opportunities. Many of us travelers have made these mistakes in the past, including me, but that doesn’t mean you have to! Below you will find the most common traveling mistakes, that if you successfully avoid, you will be traveling smarter and cheaper!
1. Don’t eat near a popular tourist site.
Restaurants and cafes that are located close-by to major tourist attractions will be twice as expensive than eateries further away. Restaurants near touristy attractions focus less on quality since tourists are less aware of what top local quality food is genuinely like. With this in mind, eat where the locals eat. These places will have high-quality food at a cheaper price. The extra five blocks away will be well worth it. If you aren’t comfortable with talking to the locals to what restaurants are worth it, try looking up reviews on Yelp or Foursquare.
2. Don’t exchange money at the airport.
If you are traveling to a different a country, you will most likely have to exchange your currency for the local currency. Whenever you do this, don’t exchange money at the airport, if you do, you will get the worst exchange rates. For the best exchange rates, go to an ATM or use a credit card. Using this method will get you the closest to the interbank rate as possible.
3. Don’t opt out on traveler’s insurance.
Traveler’s insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense, but sometimes it can be better be safe than sorry. While traveling, you never know what’s going to happen, you can break a lege, rupture an eardrum, or have to leave the country abruptly due to a natural disaster. Travel insurance helps to protect you for both medical and non-medical emergencies. Without insurance, you may have to pay a large amount of money out of pocket. Your trip can go down-hill really quickly.
4. Don’t take a taxi.
If you are looking to blow your budget quickly, taking a taxi will do the trick. Taxis are always overpriced, and not worth it unless you are splitting the fare with a large group of people. Whenever it is possible, use public transportation as frequent as you can.
5. Don’t be overly eager.
It can be really easy to get excited about a trip. As soon as you make plans you will feel tempted to book your flight and hotel 10 months in advance. Waiting to book your room and flight until later down the line, will allow you to gain access to deals. For a flight wait until three or four months before your trip. During this time, airlines raise or lower prices of tickets based on demand. If you are looking to book a cruise, wait for the last-minute deals. Cruise lines will often some amazing deals in order to fill up an unused space.