7 WAYS TO SAVE WHILE ON VACATION

🌸Walk everywhere that you can🌸

Exiting the hotel in Rome to go exploring.

Walk to dinner. Walk to the next museum on your agenda. Walk for no apparent reason other than you’re there and it’s a golden opportunity to take in all of the beauty and charm of whichever city you are in. Soak it up, because you may never be here in this magical place ever again. You also never know what hidden gems you’ll find that you may miss being in a car or public transportation. Oh, and you avoid cab fare, too, of course.

The estimated cost per day at any location easily doubles if you take cabs. With apps like Uber and Lyft, you can cut the expenses by almost a half, but it still adds up.

🌸Take public transit🌸

Using public transport can save you up to four times the money you use commuting in a car. Public transportation systems have dedicated travel routes which, sometimes, makes it quicker and easier to get to certain places. You also don’t have to worry about traffic, looking and/or paying for parking.

Riding the tram in Amsterdam

Another reason I strongly recommend public transit has nothing to do with my budget and everything to do with how empowering it is when you figure out how the transit system works using a map and/or asking around. After that, you can pretend you are one of the locals nonchalantly riding the metro system to wherever.

🌸Think hard about car rentals🌸

If you are visiting an area with good Uber, Lyft coverage, or even zip cars, it could be less expensive to use those services rather than pay the daily rate for a rental car combined with gas, insurance and parking. And if you are unfamiliar with the area, you get the added benefit of letting someone else drive you around.

🌸Food🌸

VIETNAMESE Bowl at Invitation V, Montreal (www.invitationv.com/en/)

There is no better way to discover a place and its people than through the local cuisine. Food can account for a significant chunk of your vacation budget. Locally made food and drink are often less expensive. Consider trying the local drinks and food. You might be surprised at how good and cheap it is.

Go to grocery stores and buy ingredients to make some of your meals, beverages, and snacks. If you can save on breakfast and lunch it will give you a little extra spending money to go out to a nice dinner. Street food is another inexpensive option and is an excellent way to try the authentic local cuisine. A microwave and fridge will also be helpful for reheating leftovers.

🌸Carry snacks/water during outings🌸

Throw some snacks in your bag. It will prevent you from buying unnecessary and/or expensive snacks. Don’t spend money on bottled water when you can buy an entire case for the same amount. Always carry your own water. However, splurge when it comes to treats that you can only find in that location.

Eva’s Original, Toronto (www.originalchimneys.com)

🌸Drinks🌸

Drinking while on vacation seems to be a staple but the problem is that it can be a budget buster. This is especially true if you are drinking at bars, clubs, and restaurants where the drinks are marked up. Keep bar tabs down by buying your own beer, wine, and liquor for pre-dinner cocktails. Your in-room fridge will come in handy for keeping beer and wine cold.

Presotea, Montreal (presotea.ca/)

If you take it easy on the boozes, this one simple tip can help you keep your budget in line and save money on vacation. There are so many other things that you probably want to spend your hard earned money on while on vacation instead of alcohol. Doing without this one thing can help you enjoy many others while on vacation.

🌸Look for free activities🌸

Cloud Gate, Chicago

If you do a little research, you’ll see there are often lots of free activities in the area. Look at community calendars to see what is going on in town while you are there. Do a self-guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with your destination. Museums often have a ‘pay what you can’ day once a week and sometimes have discounted admission after a certain time of day. Ask the hotel concierge and locals what is going on in the area. They will have the insight to events that are not advertised to tourist. This is a great way to get a first-hand experience of the culture.

Kyoto Garden, London

🌸Stay Positive My Love🌸

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