The Cost-Conscious Traveler

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In these very uncertain economic times, where fuel prices are pumping up and other necessities are unbelievably expensive, traveling is just a leisure that doesn’t jive well with the daily budget. However, everyone is entitled to unwind and go on a vacation to escape the very demanding and busy day to day schedule from work and home.

Studies have shown that people have certain limits when it comes to enduring pressure, pain, and stress. Therefore, many physicians and experts recommend their patients to release these tensions by going on a vacation alone or with family and friends.

However, despite the necessity of taking annual vacations, there should also be a limit to spending on getaways. As such, here are some useful tips to pack along with your stuff, before you head off on your annual break:

TAKE A HIKE. Walking is a pleasurable activity we miss in everyday life. In our daily routine, it is just a means to get from one task to another. A vacation, however, brings out an entirely different side of this otherwise ordinary activity. You not only get to see the sights and sounds rather than speeding by them: it is both beneficial for your wallet and your health. By walking, you can avoid the overly-priced transport fares given to tourists, and it lets you exercise those muscles, catch a bit of sunshine, and be “on the ground” with the very place you’re visiting, rather than staring out the tour bus window.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ACCOMODATION. A trip is all about relaxation: don’t pressure yourself trying to visit all the tourist sites or shopping for souvenirs during your stay. In fact, one overlooked area in vacation is the hotel stay. Remember that you’re paying a premium price for your accommodation, so you should make the most of it. This particularly applies to families, as the pool is always a hit with children. Instead of spending all of the time trying to tour all the sights with kids in tow, reserve some time to relax by the pool and let the young ones have a splash.

PLAN AHEAD. Vacations come only once in a while, so you may as well plan for it instead of doing everything at the last minute. Reserving accommodations and tickets well in advance can help save money and avoid further stress. Many airlines and hotels offer early-bird discounts, so try to book at least two months before your scheduled trip to snag those promos.

BRING YOUR OWN WATER. It might seem be a common trick but carrying your own bottled water can save you a lot of money while you’re on a trip. It can be refilled at the hotel or water fountain stations while you’re visiting different attractions. In addition, if you’re traveling outside the country, it’s safe to carry your own water to keep yourself and your family away from water-borne diseases that could lead to diarrhea.

It might not be enough but these few tips can really be useful in your next vacation to avoid overspending and enjoy more relaxing. Some might sound familiar but carry as many tips as you know because one day, it might really be helpful.


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