If you’ve been feeling the financial pinch, you may be thinking of cutting vacations out of your budget to save money. Read on for some great tips for the traveler on a budget.
If you’re going to be travelling by air, make sure you don’t put any valuables or electronics in your checked luggage. Luggage handlers aren’t known to be gentle and any electronics may end up damaged during transport. Airlines are also known to lose luggage and you don’t want to take a chance of losing something valuable.
Be aware of scams that attempt to prey on unwary travelers. In many poorer areas of the world, it is safest to assume that anyone begging for money or trying to stop you for just about any reason could be a pickpocket. Don’t ever show or hand over your wallet to anyone, even if they claim to be police officers.
If you have plans to travel, the most important preparation you should do is make a checklist of everything you need from toiletries to extra articles of clothing. Before you leave, make sure that all of these items are packed because most likely if you forget something, the gift shops available to you will overcharge for simple things such as toothpaste or shampoo.
Choosing a seat on the aisle will open more options for you. Window seats are overrated. An aisle seat gives you the freedom to move about as well as access to the belongings you have stowed in the overhead compartment.
To enhance your personal safety in hotels, bring along a doorstopper. Sometimes, especially in areas of higher crime such as developing countries, you may want a little extra security for your hotel room. If you do not have a door that is equipped with a chain or deadbolt, use a wedge doorstop before retiring at night.
If you’re going on a trip to visit family, one way to make sure everyone will have a place to sleep is to bring along a number of inflatable vinyl air mattresses as well as an electric pump. These mattresses have improved greatly in quality over the years and the price is quite reasonable. Pumps can be hooked up to your car’s cigarette lighter or into an AC outlet. It is well worth the minimal cost to be sure that everyone has a bed to sleep in when you arrive.
An excellent way to reduce costs on your next travel adventure is to allow for flexibility of your flight date. You can literally save hundreds of dollars just by changing the day of the week you are willing to fly, as some days during seasons of high travel are sure to be packed with excess costs.
If you are taking your car to the airport and leaving it there, always make a note of where you parked it. You should write it on a piece of paper or put it in your phone. Most likely when you return from your trip, your memory will not be enough to find it.
Due to the downturn in the economy, you may feel like you should skip this year’s vacation. Use the advice contained in this article to plan budget-friendly travels.