5 money-saving travel tips every traveller should know

For many people, it’s all about investing in yourself and soaking up those epic travel adventures. But epic adventures involve plenty of money – or does it? Travel technology company Traveloka has come up with tips to help folks stick to a budget while on holiday.

Money matters

Keep an eye on the exchange rate before you leave to avoid using your ATM overseas. Additionally, setting up price alerts with credible travel apps will enable you to receive notifications on discounts for many things you may need for the trip.

It’s also a good idea to sign up with frequent flyer programmes to gain mileage points. As you accumulate miles, remember to check with your airline to see what you’re entitled to redeem with the points earned. You may be entitled to a free flight on your next travel or perhaps a free upgrade.

Time your trip

Consider travelling during off-seasons. Hot spots where tourists typically flock to will be less in demand, bringing prices (flights, accommodation etc) down significantly.

Planning a trip at the eleventh hour might sometimes reveal last-minute promotions and discounts from airlines and hotels. Familiarise yourself with the local community calendar to leverage on free events or festivals that may be happening during your visit.

Not only is this easy on your wallet, you’ll get to experience the local culture.

When it comes to selecting flights, there are some tips to avoid the crowd: Fly on weekdays instead of weekends; fly on major holidays instead of before or after.

If you want to avoid spending an extra night on accommodation, take overnight flights.

Getting around

Skip taxis and take public transportation where you can blend in with the locals. If it is available, get a weekly or tourist pass to help you save while visiting several locations. For a healthier option, rent a bike or just walk.

If you’re looking for a full-day tour around town, check with the hotel concierge for credible local driver recommendations who will offer you reasonable and comprehensive packages that would usually include several tourist spots and eating stops.

It’s also a good idea to download a map app or a transportation app to get around. This is to prevent getting cheated by taxi operators with exorbitant fees.

Tying the tummy

When choosing accommodation, pick one that offers free breakfast. Try to pack at least two meals a day by visiting the local supermarket. This will give you a chance to do some grocery shopping with the locals and you might just discover some unique food products.

Save lunch as the “dine-out” meal of choice to skip the crowd while also embracing the cheaper meal option as portions are generally smaller then.

Small measures

Try not to turn on your roaming function and avoid getting a local mobile plan. Local stores and malls tend to offer free WiFi to attract customers, so take advantage of that.

You can also save up on drinks by bringing your own water bottle. Fill it up at your hotel before heading out. Remember to pack your own basic medical kit to avoid having to purchase medications abroad.

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