Four Tips To Make Your Next Trip More Budget-Friendly

We've all experienced a massive dent in our bank accounts after returning home from a big trip. But there are some simple things you can do to make your next trip more budget-friendly! 

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Book in advance

Contrary to what some folks believe, last-minute flights are not always the cheapest option. Better flight deals can be found when you look way ahead of the actual trip. Airlines tend to offer the best deals in advance so they can guarantee that the plane is at least half-full and leaves as scheduled. And the same is true for car rentals and accommodation!

Affordable Accommodation

As we already stated above, booking your accommodations ahead of time can significantly lower the cost. Also, be sure to check if the price has a cancellation fee added to it. And don’t forget to check what else is included in the price. An included breakfast, for instance, could save some money you were planning on spending at the supermarket.

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A Daily Budget

Try to estimate the amount of money you’ll need for each day. Don’t forget to factor in the activities you have to buy tickets in advance for. And make sure to leave about 10-15 percent of a financial buffer, in case of an unexpected event.

Get your money back

Your overseas shopping spree might not be as much of a splurge as you think. When going into a store, ask if they have any tax refunds policy. If they do, ask the clerk to fill out the store’s form for you. Remember to hold on to your receipts. Before checking in at the airport on your way back, look for the tax refund counter, submit your forms and receipts there, and get back some of your cash!