Being able to go travelling is, of course, a great position to be in. It’s an opportunity full of unique experiences, and the chance to make life-long memories. The things you see and do when you’re travelling will stay with you for life. But it’s not without its compromises.
In all likelihood, you’ll have to work hard and save for a long time before you’re able to set off. You’ll want to make the most of your travel budget. To ensure you don’t get caught out by hidden costs, we’ve bought five key ones to your attention:
If you’re flying, before you set off, it’s important to weigh your luggage to check it’s within the airline’s allowances. The last thing you want is to arrive at the airport and be hit with an extra change for being over the weight limit. And remember, luggage allowances will vary between airlines.
2. Data roaming charges
Of course, you’ll want to take your smartphone away with you. It’s a connection with home, and is useful for a number of situations (especially if you download some great apps to help you get around). But, if you’re not careful, it can cost you a fortune to connect online or make calls. Your best option is to pay to get your phone unlocked from your network at home, and use local sims as you go. Alternatively, try and only use Wi-Fi connections.
3. Being conned
Unfortunately, there are opportunistic criminals out there looking to make money off travelers. You’ve got to vigilant. Whether it’s a bank teller ‘forgetting’ to count all your money when you’re exchanging, being distracted so you’re easier to pick-pocket, or someone saying your hotel is overbooked, common travel scams do happen around the world. Don’t let these kinds of costs creep up on you.
Travel costs can not only hurt your wallet, but your waistline too. Did you know that 25% of travelers put on at least three kilos on holiday? Avoiding over-reliance on expensive taxis, as well as short bus or train journeys, could save you a fortune as well as keep you fit and healthy by burning some calories. This is particularly important if you’re traveling long term.
4. Costs at home
Just because you’re not there, it doesn’t mean your home won’t keep costing you money. That’s why it’s so important to turn things off that you don’t need to keep running – the TV and all lights, for instance. It’s worth asking someone to check in occasionally to collect the post and ensure everything is in order. It will give you peace of mind. What’s more, make sure you transfer all your bills to electronic payment to ensure you don’t miss one and incur extra costs.
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