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Top 10 Budget Tips for Traveling Couples


One of the things that kept us from traveling earlier in our relationship was the perception that we couldn’t afford to see the world. Traveling seemed like something reserved for either the uber-rich or people with no responsibilities and no timelines, the type that could travel cheaply because they had the time to bus or backpack instead of buying a flight from one location to the next. We had no idea we could be a couple that would travel the world together.

Another barrier was the obvious – there are two of us. Everything, or so we thought, cost double to travel as a couple. Two plane tickets. Two meals. Twice the drinks. Twice the tickets. Twice the entry passes. At a surface level, this is obviously a true statement – traveling as a couple does require you to save money more creatively because you’re paying for two of everything. However, when we stepped back after gaining some experience as a couple on the road, we found that there were a few ways we were wasting money while traveling. There are plenty of ways to save money for travel, and especially while traveling.

It’s easy to spend less with beauty all around you.

The relieving part of this realization is when we recognized that, for the most part, these were simple fixes. We didn’t have to sign up for any credit cards. We didn’t have to take additional risk. We didn’t have to go without doing what we really wanted to do when we traveled – we just had to be a little smarter.

With that said, we would rather you learn from our mistakes than make your own. Take note of these tips for saving money while traveling as a couple, no matter how simple they are. It’s been our experience that very often it’s the most simple tips and ideas that saves us the most money when we’re on the road!

Share Meals

This is a very simple, practical tip that will cut your food cost in half with little effort. Most places you travel in the world serve large portions, although some seemingly think that America is the only country that serves meals on plates that look like trash can lids, but it isn’t true. If you’ve ever had a plate of Schnitzel in Germany or a traditional Irish breakfast, you know this to be a myth.

This was plenty for us to split in the middle of a long day of sight-seeing!

What happens very often with couples who travel is that they will order two meals, have left-overs, and box food that goes to waste. It’s wiser to either get one entree or two appetizers and split it. The benefits are beyond financial also, as one of the things that bogs down enjoyment while traveling is spending too much time in bars and restaurants, over-indulging from the menu and then feeling too sluggish to do anything in the city.

Dine Less, Snack More

This is similar to the point above, but really requires more of a change in philosophy and the way we think about eating when we travel.

What I mean by dining less and snacking more is simply this – instead of every meal having to be a true meal, think about it as grazing. Too many travelers have the concept of eating “three squares” per day while they travel, and it’s something Tracy and I generally disagree with. If you can have a few bites of something in the morning, maybe take a snack during the day, split a lunch and have a cheap snack in the evening, you’re going to save considerably on your food cost. You may even be able to splurge for a nice meal or two, something that is worth sitting down for a few hours and enjoying, instead of eating three squares on auto-pilot.

Fast, inexpensive sandwich shop in Barcelona. We found a cheap meal to-go before hitting the city!

A great way to do this is by finding the local or regional market where you can find easy, to-go meals that are inexpensive and portable. When we’re in London, grabbing a few Tesco sandwiches has saved us more than a pound or two, and allowed us to have something quick without breaking the bank and stopping our sight-seeing adventures around the city!

Free Walking Tours

A great thing to do on Day 1 in any new city is a Free Walking Tour. You can find organizers of these meet-ups in virtually any city with a tourist presence, who work on tips or up-sell opportunities (free walking trip on which they sell canal trips, etc…). These are always safe, informative, and provide a great scan of the city without spending a single dime.

The best thing you can do is get lost on a walking tour – in Amsterdam!

When we were in Munich, we started our trip with a free walking tour in the center of the Marienplatz, which lasted over two hours and did a wonderful job of getting us acquainted with the city. Not only was it historically informative, but all along the way the tour guide gave great tips and locations for some of the less-touristy, more authentic locations to enrich our experience. We’ve made these Free Walking Trips a must since that experience.

Buy Alcohol at Duty Free

Most people enjoy having a few drinks on vacation and we’re no different. Like all couples, when we’re on vacation we’re also drinking for two. While there’s always time for a Guinness in an Irish bar, buying all of your drinks in bars and restaurants is an absolute budget buster.

Luckily, Duty Free is a great option for stocking the (hotel room) bar. Duty Free is an international-flights-only shop in most major airports around the world that sells various goods without paying local taxes. You’ll see a variety of items in these stores, from perfumes and souvenirs to high-end chocolates and alcohol. Alcohol can normally be bought for 30-50% cheaper than what it typically sells for in independent liquor stores.

Pre-drinking on Duty Free helps you save money for the good stuff!

In some countries where the government owns the liquor supply, such as Iceland, a bottle of liquor costs near the equivalent of a plane ticket making it beyond wise to pick up a bottle for the room in Duty Free. If you plan on having more than just a few drinks, do your pre-gaming in the room and “add-on” with the local fare in restaurants when you go out. Doing so will ease your bar tabs by at least 50%, saving you possibly hundreds of dollars over the span of a long vacation.

Avoid Cabs

Speaking of budget busters that make no sense, let’s talk about cabs for a moment. .

First, in many cities (in America and abroad) cabs are an absolute racket, especially when the driver can tell that the rider isn’t a local. We’ve been in situations, when we were less experienced, where a cab driver managed to turn a five-mile drive back to the hotel into a a $60 loop around town. “There’s construction,” he said. Was there? I wouldn’t know because I’m not from there, and that’s the issue.

Metro passes can be had in any city for nearly nothing!

Cab drivers have a tendency to take advantage of ignorance, not only through elongating trips but also by making the correct trip at an inflated rate per quarter-mile or picking a route that may not be necessarily out of the way, but one where they know they’ll hit traffic.

There are a few cities in which we’ve taken cabs and felt like we were being dealt fairly abroad, namely Dublin and London (use only the black cabs), but for the most part you would be wise to use the train, subway, metro, or even walk. A handful of cab rides can easily run you $100 or more simply from the airport for two people, and in most cities there are far better options available.

In Amsterdam, bikes are the way to get around!

So, when is it right to use a cab? When you have to, or when you know exactly where you’re going. In these cases, tell the cab driver up front, in a kind way, that you know where you’re going. Say your address, and tell the cab driver the first couple of steps on how to get there. “We’re heading to the Harding Hotel. Just take a right on this street and you’ll cross the Liffey – it’s at the end of Grafton Street next to Temple Bar.” (This didn’t happen in Dublin, just using it as an example) They’ll know that you know, and they’ll bypass you for the next unsuspecting victim.

Obviously, if you are out and the trains or buses are no longer running, you may have to opt for a cab ride. My advice? If you do have to get a cab in this situation, and you don’t know by heart where you’re going, use the GPS on your phone to keep the driver honest. If you see them getting quirky or getting off track, tell them you have it pulled up and there’s a better way (don’t be immediately accusatory). Sometimes the driver may actually know a better way and is trying to accommodate a faster route – but, sometimes they aren’t.

Go for the Greenery – Visit Parks

Parks are incredible for couples on vacation, not only from the aspect of their beauty, but from the variety of scenery in and around parks.

Gardens and Parks are the ideal location for a romantic day!

In most cities, parks double as cultural icons and places where history is commemorated through statues, gardens named after famous citizens and myriad other artistic expressions. Another bonus? Romance is off-the-charts in most parks. All you have to do is pick up a few snacks and a bottle of wine, grab a blanket, walk through a charming neighborhood, enjoy the scenery and set the stage for a memorable and romantic experience.

Outside of most parks, there will be small shops and museums that coincide with the park and its history. Through these shops, you’ll often find unique experiences that won’t be available through most of the city due to its relation to this park specifically.

Hop-On Hop-Off

As touristy as they might be, we’re huge fans of using Hop-On Hop-Off buses in larger cities.

Think about the cost. Two tickets for a Hop-On Hop-Off might run you $60-70 for two days. One cab ride across town and back can cost you that same amount. With unlimited trips on the bus, they make for an ideal method in getting around town, seeing the major tourist locations without having to search for them, and experiencing the area around those landmarks.

Hopping-off to see the coast of Lisbon.

Additionally, if you work through your hotel or the local Tourism Office, you can get tickets for the Hop-On Hop-Off bundled with museum tickets for other attractions for only a few dollars more.

Free (and Cheap) Museums 

Museums contain literal treasures about cities and their histories, and most museums are cheap on entry and heavy on entertainment. Many are even free.

Museums can be experienced anywhere – and cheaply!

Our advice? Do a search on the top two or three museums in the city of your choice where you would like to go, then do another search for “free museums“. Mix the list up and visit some of each. You might be able to see as many as five on your trip for as little as $40 or $50 for both of you, and truly immerse yourself in the local culture, art, and history. In addition, there’s something very connecting and romantic about museums when traveling as a couple.

Take Your Camera for a Walk

You don’t have to be a travel blogger or professional photographer to enjoy taking pictures. An absolutely free way to enjoy a city is to just get lost in it, walk around with your camera in tow and allow the city to sweep you both away.

Take the time to just walk and find the treasures around the corner.

Too often when we travel are we going to or from something, and allowing yourselves to just roam around looking at architecture, art, and even the passing-by of the day. The pictures you get will document your trip, give you a little something to brag about on Instagram (perfectly acceptable), and you’ll find yourself more acutely aware of the city in which you’re staying without having spent a dime.

Food and Arts Markets

Food and Arts Markets are rich with cheap, affordable, or even free ways to pass the day and have a beautiful, romantic experience.

Especially in most European cities, one can find open-air street markets with artists, street food, local works and vendors for multiple blocks alongside riverbanks and popular city streets. Your commitment to spend a dime is nil, and these markets often afford opportunities to meet locals, experience local artistic flair and pass hours in what can seem like minutes.

Markets like this are everywhere in Vienna during Christmastime!

These also give you the chance to buy real souvenirs. Instead of buying an over-priced key-chain in the airport, visit these markets to find small trinkets, normally for just a few dollars, and take a real piece of culture home with you.

You and your love can pick up a little street food, perhaps some wine, and sit along a park bench watching the activity of the market in full swing as you feel the true energy of the city come alive – all without breaking the bank.

Most couples tend to get frivolous with travel spending in impromptu ways, but this is well within your control! Understanding how to get the most out of your experience while also saving money affords you the opportunity to easily fix a bad trend – and enjoy it even more. If you’ve found yourselves getting to the end of your vacations low on funds and even lower on real experiences, these ten tips will give you everything you need to save money and travel the world together as a couple.

 

 

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Review: Amsterdam’s A-Train Hotel


No matter where we travel, we look for the same three things in the hotel where we stay – location, affordability and security. We’re far from high-brow, mind you, as what we’re really seeking is a trust-worthy location that allows us to enjoy the area in which we’re traveling. Sometimes, however, we get surprised by the small, boutique establishments where we call home during our short visits. Somehow, we find hidden gems.

The A-Train Hotel was one such gem, and its undoubtedly one of the best hotel deals in Amsterdam

Located on the Prins Hendrikkade, a prime location facing Amsterdam Centraal Station, the A-Train is a warm, beguiling place. While seemingly blending in with the shops and restaurants along the main thoroughfare where bicyclers, tourists and revelers of the day and night wandered, the A-Train enraptures you upon entry. The small entry gives way to a shotgun-style lobby with old, stained wood supporting a mammoth collection of travel memorabilia – true to the thematic title the A-Train bears. The entire hotel has a great feel as a type of old train car, itself,

The reception was warm, with multi-lingual host staff manning the entry desk and a secure front entry that made us feel both at home and secure. The tiny elevator, adored with more early 20th-century travel collectibles, opened to a well-lit hallway where we found our room adjacent to the opening of the doors. The rooms? Small, in a general sense, but none-the-less cozy and comfortable. The room had a feeling of crisp cleanliness, and we were surprised to see a widely outward-opening window which gave us a bird’s-eye view of the warm rooftops of the neighborhood that lay behind the primary street on which we were staying. This only added to the feel of “home”.

Our view from the room- quaint and idyllic.

First, let me say that the location was splendid. Not only were we within steps of the Centraal Station, but in front of the station was the primary canal that separated Amsterdam by north and south bank. Here, you could rent canal passes, sunset cruises and hop-on, hop-off canal boats that made for easy access to the greatest sites around the city.

To our right, within 50 feet of the entry way, was the more than 400-year-old Cafe Karpershoek – an Amsterdam landmark that opened in 1606. Beyond that was a number of excellent restaurants, pubs, coffee-shops, and the primary walkway that led approximately ten minutes to the Red Light District. Lastly, we stocked our room on numerous occasions with the groceries and beer sold at the Albert Heijn market, which was directly next door. We used this ideal proximity not only for groceries, but also to get cash, ask for directions and even for aspirin to help us get over our first Amsterdam hangover!

You simply couldn’t get a better location.

The affordability of the A-Train can’t be overstated. We actually booked our trip through Tripmasters, a site we have used myriad times to explore the world, and A-Train was one of their favored locations. If you are booking independently, the A-Train can be had for less than 100USD per night. The hotel next door? More than twice that amount. I’m not sure about you, but I’m not paying double for 30 extra square feet in my hotel room. When all was said and done, we paid about 65USD per night through Tripmasters for our room at A-Train, which really is one bar-tab more than the cost of a hostel. I’ll take the security, privacy and coziness over the bunk-beds, thank you.

The room was comfortable, clean, and cozy.

Lastly, our room included a morning breakfast that was more than simply continental fair. Fresh, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a litany of fruits, breads and juices were available each morning upon arrival – even when we had to leave at 6:00am for our early trip back to the airport! The coffee was strong and hot, the food was delicious, and it had us well on our way toward exploring the city.

In all, you simply can’t do any better for the price you pay than to stay at the A-Train. Along with Venice’s Hotel Vecellio, it’s among the happiest we’ve been with a hotel selection in the entirety of our travel experiences.

Our verdict: Highly recommend.

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Off-Time Travel: How to Save Money on Your Next Vacation!


Just as the weather ebbs and flows, so do the travel seasons. No matter where you are on Earth, there are high-seasons and low-seasons to expect visitors to either a greater or lesser extent. Should you travel in low-season? Furthermore, what is low-season?

These factors that determine what is a “high” season are varied, and depend as much on the place the visitor is coming from as the destination itself. What do I mean by this? Well, I’ll give you an example.

Off-Season Travel

Tracy and I greatly enjoy the island of Bonaire, an island that is a part of the “ABC” chain that includes Aruba and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. Though the weather is very consistent in this island chain, there are high seasons and low seasons in which one can expect an influx of visitors. The reason really doesn’t have anything to do with travel to Bonaire, because if you go in December the weather is essentially the same as it is in July – hot. Very hot.

Yet, most vacationers to a tropical location know that the tropical location is the way it is basically year-round – hot, beautiful and humid with periods of rain showers. As a result, they base their travel time (creating this “high” season) in the latter months of the year when their own weather is more desirable to escape. In layman’s terms, a tourist from New York is going to care less about leaving the city in August when it’s hot, but might really want to get out of town in January when it’s freezing cold and snow is on the ground.

Other places are a bit more obvious as to why their “high” seasons are when they are. Paris is cold in the winter, but gorgeous and temperate in the summer. Las Vegas can be nearly unbearable in the summer, but very nice in late fall and early winter. So, when should you book your next trip? Consider a tale of two bookings…

Off-Season Travel to Europe

We spent nearly two weeks in Europe, spending time in Vienna, Barcelona and Lisbon. At first, we considered booking the trip in early September through a trip aggregator called Tripmasters (which we use often). The cost of our sample itinerary was a bit over $4,000, so we instead decided to hold off until “low” season.

Cold travel? Grab a ski-cap and go!

Instead, we booked our trip over Thanksgiving, despite the cold weather in Vienna and cooler weather than usual in Barcelona and Lisbon. The cost? $2,500. What we saved by waiting two-and-a-half months essentially paid for all of our expenses on the trip, and in hindsight we truly couldn’t have been happier with what we experienced.

There are benefits beyond merely cost, however, when considering to travel in the “low” season. Some cities, such as Paris, can be absolutely intolerable at its busiest time of the year. Lines to everything are long. It’s impossible to get on the Metro. You can’t navigate the city via bus, cab or even using the hop-on hop-off service, of which we’re quite fond despite its reputation as being “touristy”.

Bigger cities can get brutally hot during high-season as well, as they are typically crowded areas that are completely paved. We really, truly don’t prefer being surrounded by hot, sweaty tourists (even if we’re also at the time hot, sweaty tourists). We like space on our vacation. We like being able to get in line for the museum and not having to wait an hour for entry. We like not paying double for the same thing we could’ve booked three months later.

Think about it, what are you really sacrificing by waiting to vacation? Five degrees of temperature? Ten degrees of temperature? Call me crazy, but I’m willing to deal with 40 degrees Fahrenheit in Vienna if it saves me nearly 40% on the cost of my trip and I’m able to experience more.

We did the same with the island we previously mentioned, Bonaire. We went at the end of August, and were within shouting distance of the equator. Now, you may be able to tell by the photos on our website that I’m not of the skin-tone that does exceptionally well on the equator but, hey, I’m going either way. If I can save a few bucks and have more fun by traveling at the low-season and piling on a little more sunscreen, I’m all about it.

Common Sense Travel

We’ve utilized this concept numerous times while traveling, which has compiled itself by helping us save money and travel more often. I can absolutely promise you, unless you plan on traveling to Greenland, you’re probably going to be okay if you travel during a slightly colder season of the year. Trust us. Awesome places are still awesome no matter when you go, and if you’re awesome too, you’ll have a fantastic time.

There’s another aspect of this for we of the working-class. Vacation days. They are limited and something to save in America. I’ll work through a 102 temperature to save a vacation day. I’ll duct-tape a dangling index finger. I’m not going to the doctor and I’m not staying home. Am I the best employee in the world? Probably not. I just love to travel more than I enjoy taking sick days.

Without the willingness for off-season travel, we may never have seen the Mona Lisa.

Traveling during off-seasons, and planning to do so around areas that maximize free vacation days, really helps make the most of your travel. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to travel virtually anywhere because many employers give the Thursday-Friday combination as free days. You can take one vacation day, get a flight out to Europe on a Tuesday night and spend four nights in Europe. Think that’s too hard? We’ve done it. Several times.

You can too.

Other holidays that are great to book around are Memorial Day and Labor Day, because they both fall on Mondays and have “built-in” three-day weekends. Take two days of vacation and spend five nights in South America. Easy-peasy. Take the four remaining days of that week and get nine nights if you can swing it, and you get two consecutive weekends. These are the types of trips that multiple-city trips are simply made for.

Our first trip to Europe was incredibly spontaneous, very broken apart in the way we booked it and exhibits many of the travel tendencies we preach. Given just enough money to book two discount flights to London, we booked the round-trip out of Orlando. We had two problems however, because at the time we lived 200 miles away from Orlando (in Jacksonville) and we didn’t have the money to book the hotel. Did I mention this was over Thanksgiving weekend?

First night in Europe – ever.

No worries. We planned to drive to Orlando from Jacksonville, because the flight deal was only on a direct, round-trip from there. The difference in cost was about half, and the drive was only a fraction of the time a lay-over would have been. We maximized time and money by booking at a low-time, taking advantage of a short-term deal, and being willing to put in a little elbow-grease to our vacation.

A few paychecks later, we booked the hotels. A few paychecks later, we booked excursions and a round-trip Eurostar pass from London to Paris. We flew out on a Wednesday night, arrived in London mid-morning, spent Friday in Paris, had a wonderful Saturday in London, was back home Sunday night and at work Monday morning. We never doubted ourselves, because the desire to travel led us to become solutions-based about our approach.

The weather held up for us, for the most part, and we had finally cracked a pretty major eggshell. Had it not been for that spontaneity, the willingness to travel when none else wanted to and to not be considered about being a bit tired on Monday, I probably wouldn’t be writing to you now. I may never have seen London. I may never have taken foot inside the Louvre, and I may not be who I am today.

Travel, by its very definition, is meant to be transformative. Yet, sometimes to transform we have to be willing to step outside of our comfort zone, take chances and do something others would prefer not do. We have to be unique, and we have to stand alone.

Travel is much like life, itself. They both require you to break free to get to the good stuff, the really good stuff that changes you and creates you anew. Allow yourself to be led by travel, because in many ways travel is life. We are not meant to be sedentary, nor solitary.

Take a chance. Book that trip on the off-season, save the cash, and reward yourself by traveling again.

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5 Tips for the Traveler In-Training


I’ve always felt there was a difference between a traveler and a vacationer, a person who simply yearns to see as much of the world as possible from a place of true wanderlust versus one who owns a shorter list of desirable locations that are typically more commercially acceptable to visit. Not that one is better than the other, in fact, I believe most travelers begin as vacationers who simply catch an insatiable fever to see all there is to see.

To help elucidate the difference, I believe most people are, in fact, vacationers. They have a desire to travel, of course, but the checklist is shorter and more defined to areas with which nearly everyone is familiar. Everyone wants to see London, Rome and Paris, as well they should. Travelers are those more inclined to take on a location that is perhaps less well-known and less “sexy” than those on everyone’s primary to-do list. The traveler wants to go to Romania, the Congo or Malta because they simply can’t stand having not been, as where the vacationer is going to stick to the tried-and-true.

I remember our first trip overseas like it was yesterday, and like most it was to two locations that everyone simply has to see — London and Paris. The nature of our trip was so strange and impulsive that we still laugh about it when we think about how impetuous we were in our desire to finally go overseas. Remember, neither Tracy nor I had ever been to Europe prior to this trip.

Armed with barely enough cash for the cheapest flights we could muster and a lack of vacation time, we booked Wednesday evening flights out of Orlando going directly to Europe with returns planned for Sunday over Thanksgiving weekend. Think about that. Three nights stay to fly round trip and visit two countries. By the time we adjusted to the time difference we were home again, but it didn’t matter. We had to go.

Once we came back, however, we were infected by the insatiable thought of the next trip, and we started to make the sacrifices necessary to live in a way that afforded us the chance to begin a true life of travel together. This post is, in a way, to those vacationers out there who are wondering if a life dedicated to true adventuring is in the cards for them. If that is you, it’s easier than you think. Here are a few ways we’ve made it happen, and we hope it’ll help you to do the same.

Don’t obsess over booking everything at once

This follows a bit of the 80/20 rule of planning that states that once 80% of a plan has been laid out, it’s time to act. The last 20% isn’t worth planning, because it’ll change as you begin down your action path, anyhow.

It’s too often that people fail to travel because they can’t book the flights, the hotel, the rental car and the excursion at once. Lacking the resources to “book it all,” life intervenes and you find yourself having never seen nor traveled. Book what you can book, when you can book it. Don’t wait. If you find an amazing flight deal that you can afford, book it. Worry about the hotel next month. Just book it.

Our first trip required us to scrape together pennies at a time to book what we could book, but traveling was worth it. Don’t be obsessed with using an aggregator or a packaging engine if you can’t afford it all. Just get something on the books and you’ll be amazed how easily things fall in place.

Focus on making things easy on yourself

This relates primarily to hotels and transportation, but if you but a little thought into getting a hotel that is closest to what you want to do and understanding the transportation in the local area, life will be much easier. If you want to be a true traveler, you can’t be concerned with staying in a four-star hotel.

Most boutique hotels in South America, Asia and Europe are far better than what one might imagine and they’re a fraction of the cost of opulence. If you want to truly travel, the cost of opulence isn’t worth it.

Also, understand how to get where you are staying using public transportation — whether that’s using a cab, a tube system or a train line. If you’re able to do this, the cost of your accomodations and travel will be cheaper, less of a headache and you’ll have additional funds for things that really matter.

Go rogue

There are unsafe places in the world, and those aren’t the places that I’m talking about. However, you can have just as good (or even better) of a time in Bulgaria as you can in France, and you can have just as a rewarding experience in Manchester as you can London. And it’s cheaper.

Do a little research regarding crime statistics, but think off the beaten path a bit and avoid the high costs and crowds that some of the the largest tourist destinations are prone to. To be honest, Paris is one of the most expensive places one could go and it’s also one of the most popular. It can also be quite dangerous, and it’s not a place that is high on our list of places we’ve been. It’s popular, but sometimes popularity doesn’t equal a great travel experience.

How many people pick Lisbon over Paris? We do. It’s better, it’s safer, the people are nicer, it’s easier to get around, public transportation is cleaner, safer and easier than the Metro, the weather is better and it’s an easier flight from Miami.

Don’t expect to be catered to

Simply put, travelers prepare for trips and anticipate what could go off-course in a new location. They know where is safe and how to get around through research, and it’s my belief that they typically have more unique and gratifying experiences for less cash.

Vacationers have the tendency to be the ones that the locals complain about, because they expect to be catered to despite having done little to prepare beyond booking the trip, itself. You would be wise to learn a handful of words to help yourself get around (if you’re in a non-English country), and you shouldn’t expect to be catered to. You should be prepared, be respectful and know a bit about where you’re going prior to arriving.

Stock your room with local groceries

If you want to travel more, you have to spend less per given day and per given trip. One of the best ways to save is to stock your room with local groceries instead of eating out for every meal.

Nearly every place you go, unless it’s really remote, will have a small shop (in the UK and Ireland there’s Tesco, for example) where you can buy cheap, decent food to keep in the room for quick meals. We almost exclusively eat our breakfasts in the room as we’re getting ready, and normally try to keep our demands for eating-out to once per day.

If the room doesn’t have a refrigerator, you can buy a cheap cooler, half-fill it with ice and store your perishables safely for at least a day or two.

While not an exhaustive list, the handful of tips above should be able to help you plan a cheaper trip, with less headache and save money along the way. We hope you agree the next time you sit down to book your travels!