Traveling outside the United States can be expensive. From passports to plane tickets to accommodations, factor in the time of year and things can cost far more than you were hoping to spend. Thankfully, there are more than just a few ways that you can maximize your budget even while traveling to Europe and beyond. From knowing how and when to best exchange your money to understanding how to save on your flight, there are literally hundreds of little things you can do along the way to save a penny or two for something better. Come with Coconut Club Vacations as we take a look at just a few of the many easy ways to save money when you next travel abroad.
Buy a SIM Card
While the majority of today’s basic phone plans do not include international calls, you can easily turn your phone into a travel friendly phone with a new SIM card. You will likely need to talk to your phone carrier to ensure your phone will work abroad but with the addition of a SIM card which you can purchase at your destination, you are well on your way to saving money.
Use a Credit Card Without Fees
While some cards charge fees for traveling abroad, there are plenty that don’t. Bank of America and Chase are just two of many which offer cards with no international fees. If you are not sure, just call your credit card company before you leave. You will want to call them anyway to let them know you are traveling so your cards are not stopped for fraudulent use.
Watch Where You Buy Things
This is where most money goes for many travelers. You are thirsty in the airport, so what if it costs $9 for a glass of beer. What about the neck pillow you forgot? There is likely one right there for a meager $17.99. Add it up. Drink the water for $1 and pack the neck pillow that cost $3.99 at Walmart and you just saved more than a few dollars. When you are traveling, it adds up. Stay out of the tourist shops, eat at the local restaurants and stop paying extra for being a tourist.
An Airport is NOT a Great Place to Exchange Currency
Places like the airport are going to charge high exchange rates in addition to fees as well meaning you are paying money you don’t need to and not even buying anything. Instead, use a bank or better yet, get only what you need from an ATM in a bank at your destination. There will be a fee but it will generally be the best exchange rate.
Just a few things to consider when you travel abroad, there are plenty of other ways to save. Just remember to use your common sense and be prepared when you travel and you are sure to save money.