You’re online looking for your next escapade for a quick vacation. While searching or places to go, you have a budget in mind, but by the time you get to the homepage, you feel a stab in the heart. No, it’s not your ex coming out of the computer. It’s even worse— the price you checked online yesterday is 20% more expensive today. You curse yourself for not buying it then but acquiesce to a higher power.
This can continue on and on until your on your vacation and you resort to forgetting everything about the budget, but for your next trip, with these little tips you can work your way up to ensure that some of your cash can be trimmed from the total budget.
1) Buy tickets Incognito and with VPN
One quick and easy trick is to clear out your cookie and look, but a better way is to log in in Incognito Mode or Private mode and buy your flights that way. This can change the cost of the flights dramatically, enough that one of my friends’s jaw dropped because of this simple little trick.
One website we enjoy using is Kiwi. We use it all the time when researching our travels and I’ve recommended it to many people and I once bought a ticket on Iberian Air for $180 one way from New York City to Madrid Spain. To put that in perspective, the Acela train (Amtrak’s high speed rail) has tickets from Boston to New York City that costs around the same price.
A point to note about traveling for cheap is to read the fine print. What I mean by this is that when you are about to travel, make sure that your baggage is under the weight limit, ensure that you don’t have a carry-on, ensure that you have your boarding pass printed if they ask for it, and make sure to submit all your documents correctly before buying the flight. This will ensure that you have a stress free flight the next time you travel, and be able to go around to places.
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2) Hit your friend’s friends network (or couch-surf)
4) Bring a water bottle
5) Don’t use cash, but rather your credit card
The exchange rate of a credit card is usually 1-2% higher in most places. When you withdraw from exchanges, they can take a higher exchange rate fee that you may not even notice (can be around 3-4%, or if you use those terrible Euronet ATM’s probably 6%) This advice may not work in some countries like India or Vietnam where cash is still pretty much king, but overall this will make sure that you can ensure that any charge towards you can be fought and you won’t have to deal with any permanent scam or frauds that are possible when you travel.
Also, if you want to store it in a safe location, check out our Kezari pants so you won’t have to worry about your card being stolen or lost abroad.
Side note: I’ve seen a rising trend where people who travel as their “lifestyle” choose to beg while traveling to less fortunate countries. If you see this trend, please don’t do anything to promote it or even become part of it as the lifestyle of a wandering nomad going to poorer places to beg for money isn’t what traveling is about, but rather about understanding different perspectives. It’s also rude, but that’s for another post.
Any other tips you have in mind? Share in the comments below!