I travel very often which is an amazing blessing. I just happen to travel to the same places and never somewhere new! This year, I have made my Travel Bucket List and I am determined to cross them off.
With traveling comes spending but before you can spend you need money of course. Read more to find out my top tips to save money while you’re vacationing!
Eat out less
This is a big one because I love eating out while traveling! Trying new restaurants is probably my favorite part of visiting a new city. However, it can quickly add up depending how long you’re traveling for and how often you’re eating out. Everyone is different, yet I like to only go out for dinner every other night. For breakfast and lunch, I save some money by buying groceries and cooking with the family.
Moving along to my second tip… buy groceries but not at Walmart or big supermarkets. This definitely depends on where you are but I recommend buying your groceries locally. The fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish are sometimes higher quality and you’re eating what is in season. At times it’s cheaper and you’re helping out locals stay in business.
Have a budget
I think by now you can tell I have this thing for organizing and planning ahead. I love to be prepared, what can I say? I give myself a budget before even booking my flight! I know exactly how much I am going to be spending on my flight, hotel, food, gifts, etc. Having at least a general idea of how much you’re going to spend is going to help not to overspend while you are there.
Talk to locals
Best way to find deals? Talk to the locals! Don’t take one answer as the only option. I like to ask at least 3 people the same question to see what kind of answers they give me. This is also great for starting a conversation!
Walk as much as you can
Want to get to know the city as a local? Walking is the way to go. Not only is this a great experience but you’re saving money by not getting a cab, Uber or renting a car. I like to book an apartment that is centered and close to places that interest me that way it’s not such a pain to walk especially if it’s a hot day out (or cold).
Rent a bike
Ok, I get it walking everyone isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I turn to bike riding whenever I have to go places that are a fit far away. I enjoy riding my bike to get groceries or going to a nearby store.
Thankfully, I have a plan with MetroPCS that lets me use my phone in the United States and Mexico. Although, whenever I visit El Salvador I have to take advance of every free WIFI spot I can find. I don’t want to pay for internet just for a few days. There are SO many stores, malls, restaurants and coffee shops that offer free WIFI now that unless you absolutely need it 24/7 you shouldn’t have to pay.
I hope these tips helped you out! Thanks for reading and until next time!