If you’re planning a trip abroad, it’s essential to stay connected to your life, friends and family back home. Furthermore, it’s important to maintain access to all of your personal information and files back home in the event you need them, particularly when navigating your way around unfamiliar surroundings. Doing so, though, can be costly.
We’ve gathered some tips and tricks for you to stick to your budget and save money abroad while making the most of your trip. Read on to learn more.
When it comes to getting to your destination, one of the most effective ways to save money is by flying economically. Experts agree that purchasing your tickets between 50 and 100 days prior to when you leave for the most bang for your buck. They also note that Thursday departures and Monday return flights can save you upwards of 20 percent. As always, going to your location of choice when it’s not prime season can save you a bundle, as well.
Modes of Transportation
Once you arrive, you’ll need a plan for getting from point A to point B. While walking is always your most cost-effective option, it may not always be practical (but pack comfortable shoes for when you do!). Generally speaking, rental cars aren’t always cheap. So before assuming you need one, check out your destination’s public transit options. Buses, subways and taxis or Uber may be a better bet.
Though eating top-notch cuisine at fine dining restaurants is a fun experience, and it’s okay to splurge on occasion, there are other options for fun and delicious eating that won’t break the bank. For example, local food trucks or street vendors tend to have good food at a good price. Moderately-priced cafes and sandwich shops are also more economical than five-star restaurants. Doing your research ahead of time can help you plan for the best cheap eats that will satisfy your taste buds and your pocketbook.
The Right Plan
When it comes to your cell phone, be smart when choosing the right phone and plan before heading abroad. A durable and versatile phone like the Samsung Galaxy S8 can go a long way on a trip with the world’s first infinity screen that offers edge-to-edge viewing and a state-of-the-art camera that can capture brilliant photos of your travels (not to mention, this phone can survive an unexpected drop in the water). What’s more, a plan like T-Mobile’s with unlimited data and texting overseas is a must when traveling abroad and avoiding unwanted fees.
Capitalize on Your Coin
Wherever you’re headed, you should research currency. Though you may think exchanging your money at the last second is okay, it certainly isn’t ideal. Check out banks in your area for the best rate and least amount of fees before you leave and ensure they will buy back your foreign currency upon returning. If your destination welcomes credit cards, this could be your best option if the card doesn’t apply foreign transaction fees. But be warned, using a card at an ATM will likely cost a fee.
You may also order foreign currency online and have it delivered to your home, but you’ll be subject to delivery fees. If you’re in a bind, you can exchange at airport kiosks, but be aware that this is likely the worst option as fees and rates are hefty.
In short, be smart, do your research and prepare ahead of time in order to stretch your dollar to max. Happy travels!