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5 Travel Hacks to Stretch Your Budget

If you aren’t rolling in dough, and let’s be honest, how many of us are, when you’re planning your holidays you are probably budget conscious.

If you are like me, every dollar counts. Here are 5 holiday hacks to help stretch that almighty dollar!

Travel Insurance

While it may seem counterproductive to purchase travel insurance because you want to save money, think of travel insurance as your security blanket. If you have a medical emergency while travelling, travel insurance could allow you to claim part of the cost of the emergency.

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Free Wi-Fi

If you are not posting every minute detail about your holiday on your social media or making a dozen phone calls, you could skip the local SIM card and possibly avoid roaming charges by relying on the free Wi-Fi available at your hotel or at cafes and restaurants.

Free & Cheap Activities

Don’t forget to plan activities that are low impact on the wallet. Museums like the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC (USA) are free. Watching the Changing of the Guard in London or visit the Baoan Temple in Taipei. If you are an explorer, strap on your walking shoes and explore the streets of wherever you are. If wandering aimlessly about, your destination is not for you, consider guided travel!

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Accommodation with a Kitchen

If you are going to be in a destination for an extended time, having access to a kitchen in your accommodation can save you a significant amount of money. Dining out can break a budget quicker than you think.

Apps Are Your Friend

Do research about your destination and see what the locals are doing. I have a friend that swears by all things Yelp for her dining needs. If you’re not a walker, Uber could be your friend and if you need translating, check out Google Translate.

Any advice contained in this article is general in nature and does not take account of your particular objectives, personal circumstances or needs. If in doubt about your own situation you should seek appropriate advice.

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Brendan
Brendan from NSW commented:

The first thing I do when I arrive in Europe, is to purchase a local SIM card from the nearest Aldi store. Travel insurance is covered by my platinum credit card that I use to book my trips. I also make use of discounts offered to people aged 60/65 and above, for example for rail travel. Visiting the Colosseum in Rome, I found I could get in at a heavily discounted price 

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