Just because you’re financially capable of traveling doesn’t mean you can spend any way you want. You should still be cautious with your spending. Create a budget and stick to it. Here are the things you must not spend on while traveling even if you can afford it.
If you’re getting a free stay at an airport lounge due to the nature of your flight ticket, grab it. However, if you need to spend more money to use the facilities, don’t bother. You will be inside the plan before you know it. There’s no need to spend that much for an hour of stay. If your flight isn’t until several hours later, head to the nearest hotel and have a more comfortable waiting time.
When you travel to another place, you want to experience the local culture, including the cuisines. A fine dining restaurant isn’t what you need. Local restaurants and street foods (if available) are more authentic. You will also spend half the price, or even cheaper. Fine dining restaurants might also offer the same dish, but with a fancier presentation.
Souvenirs for everyone
There’s nothing wrong with buying a thoughtful gift to the people you know. They will be glad that you’ve brought something back home. However, it is no way a requirement. You’re giving souvenirs from where you came from because you wanted it. Don’t feel obliged to give something to everyone or you will go beyond your budget. Besides, you might also want to buy more for yourself. You can’t do it when your luggage is already full.
Depending on where you’re going, taxi services can be very expensive. It’s worse when you’re heading to big cities. Be careful if you decide to get one, especially if there are alternatives. Some major cities have an efficient transportation system. You just need to know how to use it. Besides, you can also appreciate the destination even more if you use local transportation. You will have the chance to mingle with the locals. The key is to study the choices first before deciding the most practical one.
Unless you decide to go on a trip to get drunk and party, there’s no point in spending much on alcoholic beverages. You can always get alcohol back home. Some places also have overpriced beverage. It’s not only the drinks that you’re paying for, but the experience of being in the party place. It’s even worse if you’re alone and no one is around to party with you. Save that money for when you have an actual party back home.
Be smart in using your finances. You can’t spend everything on one trip. You can always save up for your next trip. You might even afford more expensive destinations because you’re good at budgeting. You can also invite someone else to join you on the trip and cover a part of that person’s expenses.
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