1. Avoid the Crowds, Spend Less
If you’re planning a trip to a popular area, schedule your holiday for less popular times of the year. You’ll find the traffic, crowds and queues markedly reduced, and save a lot of money with the off-season rates.
2. Watch Out For “Resort Fees”
Resort rates vary – some prices will include meals and activities, while for others these are additional. When you’re shopping around for your hotel, make a list of all the things you want to do, and get an all-inclusive price for easy comparison.
3. Don’t Get Overcharged For Drinks
Don’t fall for the waiter’s “helpful” suggestions to order cocktails by the jug or try a special bottle of wine – you could be landed with a bigger bill than you expect. When asking for water, make it clear that you’re looking for tap water, which should be free (check it’s OK to drink), rather than bottled water, which can attract premium prices.
4. To Tip Or Not To Tip?
Certain countries do not traditionally tip. For example, in Australia you will not be expected to leave anything whereas in America you may be chased down the street if a tip is not left, the pursuer demanding to know why their service was not satisfactory. In Spain it is not a custom to tip, however, staff may expect something from tourists. Don’t get caught out. Check before you travel and make sure you’re not leaving too much, or too little.