When planning for a trip, we list the healthy-ticket items – airfare, hotel, accommodation, car rental, amusement tickets then add them and call it the final costing. But the trickle of funds to additional costs starts nearly as soon as we start the trip. Expenditure to and from the airport, tolls charges, parking, overpriced water bottles etc. are left out. In fact when we reach our destination, then also miscellaneous expenditures keep coming up like phone charges, hotel Wi-Fi, housekeeping tips etc.
To dodge spending more than you have planned, look into these money mistakes to avoid while roaming.
1. Traveling without financial planning.
Travelling without a travel budget is same as living without savings plan. Overspending can lead to huge financial losses which might result in spoiling the fun of whole trip. Also, smart budgeting helps to enjoy the true quintessence of any place in the most cost effective manner. Like, a good backpacking trip in Kerala is a good option to choose if you want to enjoy the place in an economical manner.
2. Don’t forget to plan for reaching your lodging from the airport.
A taxi ride from the airport can be your most monetarily vulnerable flash of any trip as you have no clue how far you location is, whether you have lesser-priced alternatives like a train or bus, or your hotel might have a free service. It is important to find it out before your trip. Some good hotels in South India offer free pick up facility from the airport of railway station.
3. Don’t undervalue your phone bill.
Roaming charges are pretty high, even if you have opted for a good roaming plan still, keeping a tap on your phone usage is important to dodge extra expenditure. Those unnecessary calls, texts and emails should be avoided.
4. Traveling without a strategy to look for freebies.
From free tours to free entrance ticket to a museum on a specific day, there are multiple ways to enjoy free offerings while you travel. Actively exploring the freebies is a good thing to do while planning a trip.
5. Neglecting the hidden fees and charges.
While planning your budget for travelling, you should include all expenses, like fees that you might not know of, some expenses that could only be searched for by searching about the place carefully.
6. Keep a check on your valuables.
Don not show off your money or valuables while rambling in a new place. Also, keep our costly things secured and locked properly even in the hotel or when you visit different places.
7. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for financial transactions.
Do not check bank balances, make online payments or enter financially sensitive passwords while using public Internet or Wi-Fi networks. It should be avoided, to be safe from hacking.
This is not it, there are multiple things to avoid or plan better before setting off on a journey to avoid extra expenditures, Good budgeting is always better than overspending!