How to Avoid Paying 15 Boring Travel Expenses
Welcome to the country of the cheapskate.
Travel is quite expensive without all the fees and extras that airlines, car rental companies, airports, and accommodation companies try to pin you on.
In order to outsmart the system, you have to think tight (and put in a little extra work).
Don’t categorize yourself with a particular destination. Instead, keep an eye out for cheap flights to this region, then find out how to get to your desired destination from there.
If you are traveling with someone, avoid paying more for your plane tickets by comparing the cost of booking two tickets at a time with the cost of booking two tickets separately.
Rather than paying to choose a seat, arrive at the airport early and ask at the check-in counter and boarding agents if they can move you.
Avoid checked baggage fees (and the drama of lost baggage) by bringing a carry-on suitcase and personal item.
Skip the expensive airport lunch and bring your own food.
If you need to park at the airport for a long time, consider booking an overnight stay at an airport hotel and parking for free.
Instead of picking up your rental car at the airport, check out car rental companies across town.
Before you say “yes” to car rental insurance, check the benefits of your credit card.
Avoid high rates per night on Airbnb by booking a month stay.
Rather than adding international data to your US phone plan, buy a SIM card or use Wi-Fi.
Instead of taking taxis, walk, cycle, or take public transportation.
Rather than having breakfast, lunch, and dinner out, grab two of your daily meals at your hotel or on Airbnb.
And when you eat out, stick to the take out and over the counter restaurants.
Instead of paying an additional 1% to 3% on anything you buy overseas, get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.
Finally, rather than stressing about ATM fees (or trying to forget that they exist), find a bank that reimburses you for any ATM fees you are charged.
What travel supplements are driving you crazy? Did you find a way to get around them? Thanks for sharing, wise.
For more money tips and tricks, check out the rest of our personal finance posts.
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