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.
Don’t forget to 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. I use T-mobile, which includes 3G data abroad.
Renting a Car
If you’re considering renting a car abroad, be wary of some common scams. These include blaming you for preexisting damages, or charging you a fortune if you return the car with less fuel in it. 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 how much you’ll be charged for an additional bag.
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 travelers. Many travelers swear by Charles Schwab, which doesn’t charge ATM fees abroad.
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 could be much as $60 a day for things like internet, parking, drink packages, fitness center access, and more.
Spending Money Twice
When traveling, you should get insurance. However, there’s a good chance you might already be covered! 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 lot~
Using Tour Guides
Planning on taking city 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!