12 Oct 5 Travel Don’ts
Traveling overseas can be the highlight of your year. You might have spent a long time looking forward to your dream holiday which you had booked a year ago (hint: promo fares). Consequently, your travel could prove to be your worst experience depending on what you do, or spend.
In this article, we are listing 5 simple things you should avoid while enjoying your time overseas. By following these quick tips, you won’t just be able to maximise your time exploring, these could also save you from abusing your pocket money. By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment. Oh, and most importantly, avoid negative mark on your bank balance.
They are not much, but when you come to think of it, these tips can actually work wonders. Grab your pen and paper, fasten your seatbelt, and here we go:
- Don’t focus on direct flights.
While this is a convenient way of getting to your destination, opting for layover could save you money. Instead of seeing this as an extra hassle, maximise your stopover by exploring the city that you might not have otherwise visited.
- Don’t buy mini toiletries.
Travel size shampoo, conditioner, or lotion actually cost more especially if you make it a habit of buying a set every time you travel. Quick tip: get some empty small bottles and fill them in with your favourite toiletries. Or, you could maximise the toiletries provided by the hotel or inn where you are checked in.
- Don’t use your card for all your purchases.
It’s a good thing to take your credit card with you when you travel because they are a relatively easy way to carry money. However, most credit cards have extra fees and charges for foreign transactions, which means they work out quite expensive to use overseas. Quick tip: take extra cash with you. It’s also a good back up plan in case your credit card won’t work. Also, inform your bank that you’re going abroad as there might be deals they can offer you on hand.
- Don’t eat out every meal.
Of course you would want to make the most out of your stay by eating where the locals eat. You can do this but try to lessen it. When you book a hotel, opt in for a stay that comes with a free breakfast. Shop at a local grocery store and stock up on snacks and drinks to avoid these mini spendings.
- Don’t be afraid to ask!
You are exploring a city you’ve never been before, or a place you’re not really familiar with, of course you will have questions. Swallow that pride and ask around. Locals know best since they have the obvious advantage over you—they live there. If you are hesitant as this might give them an idea that you are a tourist and someone might rob you or something (hint: mean world syndrome), ask politely and courteously. Be vigilant! A smile can do wonders 🙂
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