A Few Travel Tips
Here are some of the best travel tips I have run across. They
are in no particular order, and cover a few areas, although most
are about cheaper travel.
There are number of ways to save money on what you eat when
you travel. Some of you will want to try all of these, while
others find food such an important part of the experience that
you'll want to ignore a few of these suggestions.
Eat big lunches. - You can often have the exact same
menu dish for half price at lunch. Take advantage of this cultural
phenomena, especially in the United States. If your like me,
one good sit-down meal each day is enough, so why not make it
lunch. What to do for the other meals? Read on...
Free breakfast. - If it costs the same, try to get
a hotel that offers free breakfast. this not only saves you some
money, but saves you time in the morning as well.
Eat grocery store meals. - You can buy turkey and other
meats a quarter-pound at a time in the deli department of most
grocery stores. Buy a tomato, a small jar of mustard, and a small
loaf of bread an you have the makings for sandwiches - for a
lot less than a restaurant meal. In fact the second time around
you'll only need the meat and tomato. There are other things
that can be bought from grocery stores cheaply and easily made
into meals, such as cheese and crackers or microwaveable soups.
Eat snacks. - Instant snack save time and money. It
can be a real pleasure to stay at the beach or in whatever park
you are in without having to look for a place to eat. Just pull
those pretzels or peanuts out of your pocket and enjoy.
Other Travel Tips
Use disposable clothes. - Okay, I got your attention
with that one, but I'm not suggesting throwing away perfectly
good clothing and there are no commercially marketed "disposable
clothes" (yet). However, we all have shirts, underwear and
socks that reach the "point of no return." Set them
aside for trips. That first long day of plane travel can be in
these disposables, which you can then throw away - even in the
airport bathroom - when you are ready to freshen up. Less wash
to do, and less to carry once they are gone.
Negotiate room charges. - My wife and I have often
had the price of a hotel room reduced just by asking. It helps
if you hint that you'll be leaving to look at other hotels if
you don't get your price. In fact, why not follow through on
that inherent threat - it's another way to save money when traveling.
Do the free stuff first. - There will probably be many
things to do wherever your final travel destination is. If you
do the free and cheap things on your list first you'll probably
have just as much fun. After all, they wouldn't be on your list
if they didn't look interesting, right? of course, the secret
here is that you'll probably never get to most things on that
list, so this strategy saves you a lot of money.
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