6 Travel Money Pits to Avoid! Written by Jen Campbell
It’s fun to splurge from time to time, especially when you’re on wonderful vacation. However, the following “extras” are actually money sinkers that may not be worth it in the end.
1. Save Your Money- Don’t get Charged for Excess Baggage-
Most of the time, you won’t wear everything that you pack anyway. When you’re preparing to leave for sweet vacation, you may think that you need 4 outfits for every day. In truth, though, most of your clothing will go un-worn and you’ll pay high fees for extra luggage. If you can wash your clothing at your hotel, this will help you pack less. You can also pay for clothes to be laundered if necessary and even get them back the same day.
2. Don’t get into any Un-marked Cabs-
Never, ever get into an un-marked cab. On top of being a rip-off, they’re also not safe. Un-marked cabs are infamous for charging extra high rates, taking longer-than-necessary routes, and giving you the wrong change back. Try to travel in pairs and please avoid going alone in a cab ride, if possible.
3. Avoid Tourist Dining Areas-
When traveling, try to eat like a local instead of like a tourist. Tourist-heavy areas come with sometimes super high prices. Talk to the locals to find out where the best restaurants and eateries are that offer a bit of a local flair (in a safe area).
4. Avoid those Airline Clubs-
The idea of an airport’s airline club can often be a lot nicer than the actual club itself. Members-only airline clubs are often just as loud and crowded as the rest of the airport. Unless you’ve had a great experience in the past and travel all the time, these clubs don’t offer a great return on your investment.
5. High Taxes on Alcohol-
Some countries carry extremely high tax on alcohol, which is a good reason to skip over cocktails when you’re dining out. One drink can cost more than $15 (watch out on the cruise ships for these pricy drinks too)! To keep costs down, try to stick with water (if it’s safe depending upon which country you’re in) or order a virgin drink. I personally suggest a smoothie or fruit juice which will keep you healthy and full of lots of energy while you are traveling and seeing the world!
6. Avoid those Pricy Hotel Rooms in Major Cities-
By staying smack in the center of an exciting, thriving city, you’ll likely pay big bucks for a tiny room. Instead, consider staying a few short blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds or on the outskirt of the city-just make sure the area is safe. Lodging rates will likely go down and the room space will possibly expand.
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