7 Things You Need to Know to Happily Travel the World
Guest Post written by Katey Carter
A good tourist always knows how to save and make the trip unforgettable. If you are a freshman in traveling, you should know about some useful tricks which can make your trip amazing. Somebody get these with experience, but now you can save your time for more trips in the future reading this article.
The main options for storing money: cash, plastic cards, traveler's checks. Prepare a small amount of cash to pay a taxi or small purchases. In the hotel, cafe, during shopping, it is better to pay by card. Check in advance which cards work where you are heading. Many countries have such chip cards, and terminals with a magnetic tape are rare. Find out at your bank cash withdrawal rates from ATMs and all the rules for using a card abroad. Think about where you will exchange cash. Often, the course in airports and hotels is not as profitable as in a bank (but they, as usual, do not work on the weekend and after 5 p. m.).
Plan and Pay Everything in Advance
The Internet has transformed the preparation for a trip into an exciting game. Sitting in front of the computer, you can find the most advantageous variants of the flight, make a route of travel around the country, rent a home, come up with a cultural program. You can search the information you need on specialized travel and travel blogging sites, and see reviews of the hotels or restaurants you liked. The tickets booked a few months before departure will be cheaper than those purchased a week. The same can be said about hotels, car hire, tickets to amusement parks, ski-pass and other activities.
How to Choose the Best Flight
The plane is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the city of your dreams. Ticket price depends on many factors: airline, booking period, trip period, route convenience, etc. Experienced travelers use several tips, which allow you to make the flight as cheap as possible. For example, tickets to the tourist ‘off-season’, cheaper than during holidays and mass vacations. Also, tickets for ‘unpopular’ days of the week (Tuesday and Wednesday) and flights that take off at an awkward time. You can also save money by setting a time plus/minus three days from the date of departure/arrival.
Train or Rent a Car
You landed at the destination airport. What's next? It depends on your plans and preferences. Some lovers of comfort want to rent a car directly at the terminal and continue to move in ‘offline’ mode. Of course, this is convenient, especially if you want to ride around the country and visit interesting places located far from the big cities. You can save money if you rent a car in advance and for a long time. Price, of course, depends on the class of the car.
A train is also a good option for those who are not going to sit on the spot. Usually, the railway network is well developed and planning the route does not take much time. Just keep in mind that train tickets could be quite expensive. Here are rules that are similar to the tips for air travel enthusiasts. If you want to save money, you should buy tickets in advance and on the Internet. Note that the so-called ‘group ticket’ is always cheaper (and ‘group’ is considered to be two or more passengers).
Hotel, Hostel or Coaching?
The choice of place of residence depends on your budget and habits. If you want to stay at the hotel, book a room in advance. If you are not completely sure about the choice, look for options where you can cancel the reservation free of charge a couple of days before the settlement, and pay already in place. By the way, rooms without breakfast are cheaper, so decide if you need it.
The same story with hostels - learn how convenient it is, whether you want to sleep in a room with bunk beds or take a separate room. Another option is a couch-surfing-guest network, members who give free assistance to each other and overnight while traveling. However, the convenience of couch-surfing is dependable.
In advance, inquire when the country's main cultural events are, Days of museums. Before buying tickets for exhibitions, concerts, etc. On the Internet, check out what is included in the price, whether it is possible to get a discount. In museums, ask for discounts for children, students, retirees. Do not be lazy and plan your itinerary before your trip.
Shopping and Food
Discounts and sales volumes depend on the season. In Italy, it is profitable to buy from July to the end of August. In all Catholic countries, sales start before Christmas. This is better to look for information for each specific city individually. Spending 5 minutes on the Internet, you'll find that in Italy winter discounts begin on January 10, and in Germany, almost all stores are closed on Sunday.
Of course, the cheapest way to buy food in supermarkets, eat at budget cafes or manage fast food. In all major cities, there are networked facilities with a buffet, where for a small fixed amount you can choose the food. Each city has own culture of street food. Do not be afraid to try national dishes on the street.
Guest Post written by Katey Carter