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Eight money-saving travel hacks to try on your next trip

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Eight money-saving travel hacks to try on your next trip

This one takes a bit of research but taking an overnight bus or train to a destination could save you big dollars while also being an efficient use of time. Aside from investing in some earplugs, you’re virtually sleeping for free. Same goes for overnight flights.

Go on walking tours

A walking tour is often a perfect way to acquaint yourself with a place, and is usually best done on the first few days of arriving somewhere new. Many of them run on a ‘pay what you want’ model, allowing travelers to pay what they believe the tour is worth.

It’s best to be mindful here and not take advantage, as tour guides rely on this ‘tip’ payment. Be fair in what you decide to contribute, given this is someone’s livelihood.

Do as the Romans do

This hack is risky sometimes but it can pay off. If you’re overseas and booking something online, try to book in that country’s official language (or languages). Setting your preferred language to English on a booking platform can instantly increase the price. This can often be the case for things such as museum and train tickets, so get your favorite translation app out and you might save money.

Give the smaller guys a try

Instead of heading to the best-known or most Instagrammed destinations, challenge yourself to look at more underrated destinations. Generally, things there will be cheaper, including transportation and food, and you’ll be spending more with smaller operators. However, don’t assume that the more unknown somewhere is, the cheaper it’ll be – do your research.

If you can, fly with only carry-on luggage

For trips under two weeks this is easier than you think. You often don’t need nine T-shirts and you can buy most travel essentials at your end destination, instead of lugging things around in a suitcase.

It’s worth checking the dimensions and weight restrictions on the airline you’re flying with to see if you can swing traveling with only carry-on. Think about the time you’d save checking in and collecting your luggage – time is money, after all.

Buy a local SIM card

Mobile roaming charges can add up rapidly, and often what a local phone company can offer you is much more than your own provider’s travel packs. To those who stop at a cafe or restaurant just for free Wi-Fi when they travel, think about how much money you’re spending on that snack or meal, just for internet. Often, you might as well get a local SIM card.

Caterina Hrysomallis is a journalist specializing in culture, lifestyle and health.

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