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Worldwide - Travel Tips

Here's how to save serious money on vacation

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Worldwide - Travel Tips Here's how to save serious money on vacation

With TRVL matching the best rates you'll find anywhere else on the internet, and paying you a commission for booking hotels - hey, you're actually saving money - you've probably got your accommodation sorted.

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So don't go wasting that money you saved on some cheap thrills. Follow these golden rules to make sure you don't get ripped off once you're actually traveling.

Do the math. Think of all your costs together

The best way to save money might be by not feeling like you're saving money.

Look at it this way: a hotel on the outskirts of a city might cost $10 less per night than one in the center; the public transport there and back, though might be $5, so really you're saving less than you think.

And that one night you have a few drinks and miss the last subway back? Right then and there, you've spent an unnecessary $20 or $30 on a taxi.

There are all kinds of calculations like that. When you're traveling, make sure you think of all your outgoing as one sum: because saving in one area might increase spending in another.

Visit the best restaurants: but only at lunchtime

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Ever been to a Michelin-starred restaurant? There's no better time than on holiday; specifically, there's no better time than lunchtime.

In Paris, arguably Europe's food capital, you can eat a three-course meal at some of the city's best restaurants for under $50 if you go at lunchtime. The same goes for cities all over Europe.

Before you travel, research the free stuff

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Most major cities (and smaller towns as well) have at least one good free attraction.

Some of the world's best places have many. The permanent collections of all of London's museums - which includes both Tates, the National Gallery, and the British Museum - are completely free.

Also: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art only has a suggested price, though the Met barely advertises it. You could walk in for as little as a dollar if you wanted to.

With a small amount of research, you'll always find stuff like this. Just make sure you do your research before your trip because you'll be caught short otherwise.

Think outside the box

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It's easy to rely on public transport in a place you don't know: but sometimes walking is the easiest way to get from A to B, or a city has a much more fashionable form of transport anyway.

Amsterdam has trams and buses: but everybody cycles. London has the tube: but the bus is cheaper and possibly even more fun.

And if you're in a location smaller than a million people, are you sure you can't walk? You're likely to be on your feet, at most, for 45 minutes; likely it'll be closer to 20.

Don't exchange money at home

Believe it or not, you'll get a better exchange rate at a foreign ATM than if you go to get your money changed at home before traveling.

Even better: use a credit card if you have one.  They have easily the best rates. Just don't rack up a debt, or I'll feel bad...

 

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