Avoid it! Any deal you find online may seem remarkable at the time. But family-run places at your destination can offer you an authentic stay at a fraction of the price of those hotels you’ve heard of online. You destination will not be entirely booked unless an international event is occurring, so waiting to book could benefit you greatly.
2. Leaving the Airport:
Booking a shuttle in advance may cost you quite a bit. The farther you walk the cheaper this transportation becomes. After walking for a short amount of time you may find a free shuttle bus that leaves you at a bus station, where the transport is cheap.
When you arrive to a hotel, ask what the overnight fare is. Then ask for the price of a fan room, or for a shared bathroom. The price will drop, and you will then determine the price to beat. Walk around, look for other hotels that are less predominant. Most likely, they will not charge you for the expenses of large amounts of advertising or for their location (as main hotels are right by the bus stop.)
Alternatively, you may wish to stay in a hostel. Hostels offer bunks and private rooms. They also often have a kitchen available for use, so you could go to the local farmer’s markets to purchase fresh produce for next to nothing. After cooking a meal, and sharing it you may find that you have made new friends.
Typically, hearing music is a good sign. It may mean free outdoor concerts, screenings or other interesting and public events. Although the event may not be to your liking, the people present may be.
5. Street Food:
Street food is often your cheapest option. Buying a meal off of local street vendors will often yield you a larger portion for a fraction of the price of what you may have spent at a fancier restaurant. You will also often find that street vendors sell things that are unavailable at those said restaurants. Typical foods, snacks and desserts can become available to you.
6. Avoid Touristy restaurants
“We Speak English” signs are typically places to avoid. Local restaurants with short, handwritten menus are gems. They typically offer meals for a lower price anyways.
7. Off Season Traveling
Cheaper airfare, rooms and less tourists can be found during off season. Typically the period between October and April.
8. Watch Out For Pickpockets
Consider buying a money belt to prevent money loss and to deter pickpockets. You should be aware of scams, such as fake police officers asking you to show them your passport. Assume that beggars are pickpockets.
9. Avoid Hotel Meals
Although they certainly are convenient, they may not be the most economical or authentic. Checking out the local eateries and coffee shops may offer a cheaper and more memorable experience.
10. Buses Over Trains
Although buses are often slower than trains, they are often cheaper. Sometimes the monetary difference makes up for the price difference between these two options.
11. Use Department Stores
You can find cheap souvenirs, art and cards at department stores. You can also find affordable dining and other shopping opportunities at department stores. They’re a worthwhile place to consider visiting during your travels.
12. Avoid Rental Cars
Paying a significant sum of money to park a rental car is nothing but a headache and a waste of money. Use public transport or walking to get to your daily destinations instead of using rental wheels.
13. Dial Direct
Purchasing international phone cards that offer US phone calls at 10 cents a minute are a great alternative to the expensive rates that are offered by bigger American services.