Travel Tips June 19, 2018
7 Ways To Make Sure You Aren’t Overspending On Your Trip
Traveling is a luxury, one that frequently can come at the price of a pretty penny! Before you go off and enjoy your next great American adventure, take a look at our list of ways that will help you prevent yourself from overspending in areas where you don’t have to.
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1. Make an itinerary and stick to it.
Making an itinerary before any trip is always a good idea for various reasons, but one of them is so that you don't end up overspending. If you have an itinerary, you'll be able to plan out how much money you'll be spending beforehand, helping to make sure that you don't go off-script and spend money in places that you don't necessarily need to.
2. Try your hardest to refrain from any impulse buys.
It's always nice to take home something from wherever you're traveling to, so setting aside a budget for gifts like that is reasonable - but stick to your budget. While it may be hard to resist buying every unique item in sight that you aren't used to seeing in your hometown, don't overspend on things that you don't
3. Speaking of shopping, don't overspend on pricey souvenirs for your friends and family.
Like we said, it's always nice to take home a physical memory of a vacation that you've taken - including things for family and friends! But don't head to the heart of Times Square or the Las Vegas Strip to buy your loved one an overpriced t-shirt or keychain. If you're going to buy souvenirs, try and venture out to less-chaotic areas that aren't filled with tourists where the prices are going to be sky-high.
4. Don't rack up your credit card debt.
People make use of their credit cards while traveling. While you may be inclined to do so to try and gain more points and rewards to use towards your next vacation, racking up your credit cards while traveling is often an expense that will come back to bite you in the butt. Remember, only spend what you can afford to spend.
5. Make sure you're booking your accommodations and travel reservations at the right time.
When you figure out where you want to take a vacation, start keeping an eye out for airfare deals and hotel discounts. There's nothing worse than booking a hotel and seeing it discounted somewhere a week or two later.
6. Invest in a portable luggage scale.
Some people may use their own bathroom scales to try and estimate how much their suitcases weigh, but a portable luggage scale is actually a much easier solution. Having the scale while traveling will prevent you from reaching the airport and having to pay fees for overweight bags.
7. Look at how much you spent while traveling after your trip.
As much as we wish it did, money doesn't grow in a garden in our backyard. After you get back from taking a vacation and traveling, make note of how much money you spent. If you can keep as many receipts as possible, you'll be able to map out exactly how much you spent, and where you can cut down and save for the next time you travel.
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