Whether you’re traveling on a budget or just traveling to a new destination, I’ve put together my top 5 travel tips to make sure you are experiencing the most out of your trip, while at the same time, saving money.
- Always ask the locals.
To really get a sense of the city you’re visiting it’s always a great idea to ask the locals where they go for their morning coffee or Sunday brunch – chances are you will discover something far better than what you’ve researched. And most likely if you’re asking a local, they frequent these places all the time, so most likely won’t cost a ton of money.
2. Take advantage of happy hour.
A lot of restaurants offer happy hour specials. This is a great savings and allows you to visit an establishment you may have otherwise not have seen. And if you are traveling around Europe most happy hours serve hors d’oeuvres – a major plus!
3. Ask Your Concierge.
Always check with your concierge for restaurant recommendations and sightseeing activities. Sometimes, they can even make a reservation for you that would otherwise have been sold out and often get discounted tickets. They are in the business of helping people.
4. When in doubt, walk.
There is no better way to experience a new city than to walk it. This gives you the opportunity to stumble upon something you hadn’t planned for and save money on transportation costs.
It’s so important to research the city you are visiting so you can properly budget for all of the activities you want to do. I like to tell travelers to call their concierge before their trip and see what they recommend. This usually helps travelers plan their trip in advance, to avoid being overwhelmed by a new country, town, or city.