I’ve decided to do a part 2 of the previous post ‘how do you travel and save at the same time?’ The first part received such a great response that I thought I would fill you in on some more tips on how to save whilst you’re actually away. It’s so easy to get caught up in spending on new exciting things whilst you’re away and trying to get your head round exchange rates only makes it worse. I’m here to lend a helping hand…
- Carry on luggage will save your coins. Having a suitcase can add anywhere between £20-£65 onto your flight bill. Does that make sense to you when all that you’re putting in there is a towel and a bigger shower gel? They have those things wherever you’re going you know. You also have to wait around for your luggage once you get off. No thank you. Pack light and start your journey as soon as you get off that plane.
- Use the countries version of Uber instead of a meter taxi. From experience, I know that a lot of countries in Europe use taxi’s with meters to calculate the fare. This can end up costing you a lot more and if they know that you are from abroad, some of them take longer routes. It’s always best to see what their equivalent of Uber is and download the app. For example – Cabify for Spain and Portugal or Bolt/Taxify for a lot of Europe and Africa.
- Load up on lunch. If you are going to be dining out, I always suggest making lunch your big meal of the day. Restaurants often have better lunch time deals with multiple drinks options as opposed to set dinner menus. Alternatively, if you are staying somewhere that has a kitchen, hit up the grocery store and do some cooking yourself. I usually grab ingredients to make pancakes for breakfast for a week which will usually only set me back a couple of pounds.
- Camp 2 nights. Hear me out on this one. Accommodation can be expensive, so for those of you who are visiting somewhere with idyllic settings, why not think about camping for a couple of nights? In Scotland and Norway, you’re allowed to camp for up to two days anywhere you like, as long as it’s 150 feet from an inhabited house or cabin. How beautiful would it be sleeping under the stars with your babes?
- Hotels with a shuttle bus. Finding a hotel that has a free shuttle bus service is a game changer. It could easily cost you €35 each way between the airport and your hotel. Having that free ride means that you are saving money that could be used for activities, and you also have the comfort of knowing you have a secure and ride at a set time. If you are staying in an AirBnB, it doesn’t hurt to ask your hosts about a ride either. I’ve found that if you are lucky, some will sort you out with a discount or if you’re REALLY lucky, they might even offer to come and get you themselves.
Have you done any of these in order to save money whilst away?
XOXO Gossip Elle