It’s difficult enough to save money in the place where you live; when you’re visiting somewhere that is completely new to you, then it can seem impossible. If you’re traveling on a budget, then your trip is going to be made or broken on your ability to get around without breaking the bank. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money when you’re in a new city if you know how! We take a look at a few useful tips below.
Avoid the Tourist Trap
If you’re visiting a destination that is popular with tourists, then here’s what you need to do: find out what is considered the tourist “hotspot” area of the city, visit it, and then walk five minutes in any direction. You’ll have successfully have left the tourist trap zone behind. There’s nothing wrong with spending time with other tourists, of course, but alas, they’re often seen as easy money from the locals. The prices for just about everything will be much cheaper – and the atmosphere more relaxed – just about anywhere but there.
Use Your Smartphone
You’re carrying around a gadget in your pocket, so use it! Aside from allowing you to take photos and videos of your travels, that smartphone of yours can also help you to save money. Read up about Uber rates, and you’ll quickly see that it’s much cheaper way to travel with the ridesharing app than it is to take a ride with a traditional taxi service. You’ll also be able to search for cheap travel to nearby areas, too, so you can make the most of your trip.
Find Out Where The Locals Eat and Drink
The locals are going to be infinitely more clued up about how to avoid spending tons of cash than anyone else in the city. So next time you’re chatting with them, ask for recommendations about where to eat, inexpensive areas of the city to explore, and so on. They’ll be able to offer plenty of advice, and thus save you a small fortune, but the benefits of eating and drinking like the locals stretch beyond the effect it’ll have on your wallet. The food will almost certainly be better than the usual tourist restaurant, and you’ll be able to gain an insight into local life, too.
Check the Listings
Wherever you’re visiting, there’s going to be things happening that are aimed at everyone in the city, not just tourists. And what’s more, these events will likely be free, or at least inexpensive. Try to find the magazine, newspaper, or website that lists all of the events in the city; there should be plenty to choose from!
Absorb Local Life
Looking for a souvenir to take home, or want to try the best local foods? Then make sure you check out the local markets. The prices will be great, the products high-quality, and you’ll be able to mix it with the locals. There’s no better way to check local life than to hit up the market!