Unless you’re a trust fund kid or you have a bottomless bank account, you need to keep to a budget while travelling. Here are 5 hacks to help you stretch your holiday budget.
1. Buy travel insurance
When you’re planning a trip, you will look at all the ways you can save money, such as not paying for additional baggage or looking for low-cost carriers.
However, you should never, ever scrimp on travel insurance.
Travel insurance will save you money should you encounter any emergencies while overseas.
For example, if you have a medical emergency while travelling, you can seek treatment at the hospital without worrying if you can afford it as you will be able to claim part of the cost.
Buy the best travel insurance you can afford and make sure you read the terms and conditions to understand what it covers.
Ensure you read the small print carefully.
2. Make use of free Wi-Fi
Unless you need to constantly be on call (and let’s be honest, that kind of defeats the purpose of a holiday), you don’t need to pay for a roaming phone plan or even a local SIM card.
You can just rely of free Wi-Fi that’s provided at most cafes and restaurants and at your accommodation.
With apps like FaceTime and WhatApp for texting and making calls, you don’t have to spend any money to keep in touch with people back home.
Check out our tips and tricks for helping stretch your mobile phone dollar further.
3. Look for free or cheap activities
You don’t have to book expensive tour packages to enjoy your vacation.
Instead, look for cheap or free activities.
This is especially easy to do in larger cities.
London, for example, has over 23 free museums, such as the Tate Modern, British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
And the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, offers free entry for the last two hours of every day.
Search online for more such options.
And there’s no better way to really get to know a place than to explore its streets.
You can check online for free walking tours that are usually organised by experienced guides.
You are free to tip the guide any amount you want at the end of the tour.
If money is no object, check out these 10 holiday activities that burn calories fast.