Do you always end up paying more for flights and hotels quite often? Read on as we discuss some very wise financial travel tips to keep you from paying more than you should ever again. We’re not restricting this discussion to simply flights and hotel bookings. We’re going to be discussing other things that will help you save massive dough before and during your travel.
Make going incognito a norm
As much as we hate to break it to you, it is a fact of life that websites do take note of where you’ve been. This means that if the airline website you’re on detects the cookies from previous visits or other airline websites, the prices will go up.
Going on the incognito browser (Ctrl+Shift+N on Chrome) will ensure that no cookies are being saved. This means that you’ll always get the best deals and really low prices.
Notify your bank prior to travel
A common mistake that a lot of people make is that they do not notify their banks about their travel plans. Then, when they try to use their credit cards or try to withdraw, they suddenly find themselves blocked off. This is because your card carries your country code and will send alarm bells to the ATM or payment processor. This is actually truly helpful in protecting you from fraud.
When you notify your bank prior to your travel, be sure to state the specific duration of your stay. So if you suddenly get any sudden charges past your travel date, your bank will know right away that there is something fishy going on.
Never leave your toiletry buying at the last minute
The usual habit of the non-savvy traveler is simply buying some essentials like toothpaste and the like in the airport convenience store. You may have noticed this if you’re a frequent flyer, but if you aren’t one, you should know that airport prices are stupidly excessive. What will normally cost you $2 at the grocery will end up costing you $10.
Do yourself and your wallet a big fat favor and do all your necessary buying beforehand.
Double check to see that your mobile data is OFF
One of our writers had a grandmother that had racked up $400 in mobile data expenses for an overseas trip. This is a very sad truth; most travelers do not realize that mobile date is something that they can switch off. A good thing to remember is that WiFi is pretty much everywhere so there’s no real need to be connected using your own personal mobile data.
Be sure to check if your mobile data is on and immediately switch it off. The charges for overseas usage are completely staggering and it would be wise not to be caught unaware.
Leave your comfort zone in your own home. Travelling should be all about trying something new. Be aware of any cultural norms like the preferred dress code. If the country you’re visiting highly values modesty, it is important to dress appropriately. Not only do you get to plan your look but you also safeguard yourself.