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6 Money Saving Hacks for Travelling

6 Money Saving Hacks for Travelling

6 MONEY SAVING HACKS FOR TRAVELING 

  1. Book in advance, many companies will offer large discounts when booking in advance. Most prices rise closer to the travel date. This will also decrease your chance of missing out on the travel experience you are after, some companies such as hotels, hire car and airlines will increase thier prices when the product is in high demand eg Summer, public holidays or events so booking in advance can save alot. 
     
  2. Get travel insurance! We recommend buying travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. This could save you big time, you never know what could happen from now until your vacation especially when booking in advance. From something as small as an injury or major like a death. You never know what is around the corner that could stop you from traveling. Taking out insurance when booking a trip will give you the peace of mind that your trip is almost entirely refundable. Insurance is also a major stress relief when on vacation. Something as small and common as loosing your sunglasses can be such a down to your holiday but when covered with insurance most if not all of your valuable items will be covered. This may not cover the centamental value in belongings but will always make sure you are covered for the cost of the item - no need to dig into your happy hour savings! Travel insurance can also save you a large amount on your rental car bill. Many travel insurers will cover the high excesses on rental vehicles, this saves you paying the rental car company to reduce the damage liability. They will also cover any delayed or missed flights* and sometimes you may even find yourself staying in a fancy hotel until the next flight! 
     
  3. Take your own snacks on the plane. Areoplane food is overpriced and not so tasty but you dont want to spend your flight hungry, avoid this and pack your own! You can actually take your own snacks and food aboard the flight. Pre packed snacks or fresh foods such as crisps, cookies, fruit and sandwiches make for a perfect mid flight bite. Remember you CAN NOT take any fresh foods such as fruits etc into the new country you are about to enter, make sure you declare any unopened chocolates or sweets etc. You are also prohibited to bring any liquids through customs with you, I always bring my empty water bottle and fill it up on the other side of customs before boarding, then most attendants will refill it with water free of charge throughout the flight. 
     
  4. GOOGLE! Get to know the area, once you have booked your flights or transport, google the destination. Find out what you want to do and see, then plan your trip around it. For example staying closer to the city may be slightly more in accommodation cost but could save you much more in transport or vice versa. If you feel comfortable with driving, rent a car and stay out of the well known/tourist areas but do day trips into these hot spots to see what you want - driving makes for an adventure as you can stop where ever and whenever you see something you like, that you may not have seen if using public transport. Use Googlemaps to figure out how far your accommodation is from the airport/city/desired attractions, sometimes you can walk and save some serious cash eg some rental companies charge high premiums for the ease and speed of airport collection but will have a depot and office within walking distance. If you have the time, you can save some money. 
     
  5. Compare prices! Use websites such as Skyscanner and Trivago to all the work for you, not only will they show you all prices available for your dates but can let you know the cheapest time to travel - sometimes extending your trip by one day can save you 100s on flights. Once you have found a price you are happy with double check the providers own website as often they will be the same if not less and you may even earn some loyalty points!
     
  6. Lucky last, avoid major tourist attractions. Well not completely but plan your intinery using both tourist and free attractions sometimes sightseeing places that don't charge admission can be some of the best. The view from the top of Mount Maunganui, priceless! Many places such as museums and art galleries are usually free or ask for a small donation fee to cover costs. 

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