Traveling around the world is an amazing opportunity and if you get the chance to, you should definitely jump on a plane and head off. But traveling isn’t without its downsides – the biggest one being how expensive it can be if you don’t plan well.
To help with your travel preparation, we’ve gathered seven sneaky ways you could be charged additional costs. Watch out for these and your travel budget will last longer.
You’ll probably want to take your phone with you traveling – after all, it’s your way of keeping in touch with family and friends, as well as a map, camera, and entertainment. But unless you’ve got a contract that includes data use abroad (most don’t), turn off data roaming and 3G – otherwise you could rack up a bill worth hundreds of pounds.
Vouchercloud reminds you to also switch your voicemail off, as receiving a voicemail message is still regarded as receiving a phone call. If you’re traveling for a long time, it might be worth purchasing a local, pay-as-you-go sim card.
Renting a Car
If you’re considering renting a car abroad, be wary of some common scams. These include accusing you of causing damage that already existed when you return the car, or charging you a fortune if you leave it with less fuel in. These are easily overcome by taking photos of any dents or scratches, and returning the vehicle with a full tank of fuel.
You might assume your luggage is included in the total price when you book a flight – but budget airlines tend to charge you extra money for any baggage you plan to check in. Either rely on hand luggage or check the small print to see how much you’ll be charged for an additional bag.
To Spend Money
Some card providers or ATMs will charge you to withdraw cash abroad. You could be paying twice to get hold off your money, so it’s worth investigating whether you should change to a provider used to dealing with frequent travellers.
Traveling isn’t just about staying in hostels. You might decide to treat yourself and stay in a resort. Before you book, ask what’s included in the price and whether there are any additional resort fees. These fees are normally $20-$30, but Time reports fees as much as $60 a day for things like “in-room Internet, the newspaper you trip over when you leave your room in the morning, fitness centre access and parking.”
Spending Money Twice
When traveling, you should get insurance. But there’s a good chance you’re already covered, according to Smart Asset. That’s why it’s important to read the fine print on your credit card agreement to see if your card issuer offers things like travel accident insurance, baggage insurance or rental car collision coverage. If these benefits are included, it could save you a nice amount.
Using Tour Guides
Planning on signing up to travel tours? Save yourself money by installing Google Goggles onto your phone – it’s one of the ultimate travel hacks. Take some photos as you explore, and every time you snap a famous monument, the app will fire back a bunch of interesting information for you to read – no tour guide needed.
How do you save money when traveling? Share your tips and suggestions with us.
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