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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Save Money When Travelling

How to have a fun holiday while spending less money.

This is the Steps

1. Plan for your vacation at least 1 - 2 months in advance - this way you will get the best rates for hotels & air fare.
2. Flights which originate from a point and terminate at another point will be expensive (for example, if you want to fly from Mumbai to Helsinki, then an airline which flies from another city to Helsinki via Mumbai will be cheaper).
3. Check hostels in the cities which you plan to visit. Most leading cities across the world have cheap accommodation for leisure travellers and back packers.
4. Register at your embassy in the visiting country - this will give you a lot of options and people whom you can question.
5. Always travel by the public transport - many leading tourist cities, like Singapore, have pre-loaded metro & bus passes. These passes are very convenient for internal city travel.
6. Stay in a vacation rental condo such as the ones listed on VRBO.com You will get a lot more space at a much lower cost than what you would get from a comparable hotel room.

Some tips for you:

* Choose a destination where you can stay with friends or family.
* Look into house trading networking sites on-line.
* Walk everywhere, if possible. It's the best way to experience the place where you are, not to mention healthy and cheap.
* Be open minded.
* It's always a good idea to find a grocery store near your hotel or hostel. Eating out gets expensive.
* Talk with the natives. People familiar with the area will help you steer clear of expensive tourist traps and have a more authentic (and less expensive) experience.
* If you stay in a hostel, try to find people who want to go to the same places. Tours and sometimes ticket prices are cheaper in groups.
* Take advantage of what's there. Most hostels and cities offer free tours/maps/guidebooks.
* Buy your guide book before you get to your destination. Sometimes you can also check them out at the library or copy pertinent pages.
* If you're a student, get an international student ID card. Most museums and some transportation and housing options offer student discounts.

Remember!!!

* Never carry all your belongings in one bag or keep all important stuff like wallet, passport in a money belt. These can fit tightly around the waist and be nearly invisible. This is especially important when traveling on trains for long periods of time.
* Carry an internationally accepted credit card, like Master, Visa or American Express.
* Some hotels/hostels need to take your passport. This is normal.
* Carry extra passport photos and a color copy of both your passport and credit card. Do not keep these with the originals.