Travelling is almost like living in a parallel universe. None of the regular rules apply. You don’t have to get up to go to work. If you have a to-do list, it’s short. And you’re more inclined to spend money without thinking about it. However, you should think about what you’re buying. Ask yourself: Do you need it? Do you want to drag it along with you during your journey? Is it a waste of money? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you probably shouldn’t buy it.
To help, we’ve put together a list of tempting things you really should avoid buying while travelling. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also have fewer headaches (and extra baggage fees).
When you land, avoid using paid WiFi in the terminal. It's one of the biggest rip-offs at the airport.
Plus, don't make the mistake of purchasing any of these things you should never buy at the duty-free.
Here are some other dangerous things you may be doing when travelling (without even realizing it).
Remember that in most cases, renting a holiday home makes more sense. This way, if anything goes wrong (like a natural disaster or a coup) you can simply return the keys to the landlord and walk away.
If you're travelling somewhere where you think the water might be sketchy, pick up a bottle that has a filter.
And if you're looking for amazing waters to frolic in, try one of these spots with the clearest waters in the world.
Fragile or Heavy Souvenirs
I tend to go with the second option, especially when travelling somewhere for a special event or festival where there is a good chance everything will be nearly sold out and what's left will be super expensive. Booking in advance can often lock in a much lower rate. Add some extra excitement to your holiday by staying in an unusual hotel.
Use a credit card where possible as you'll get a better rate. ATMs can offer decent rates, too, but make sure they're connected to established banks. And you can always buy a little bit of the currency you'll need before you leave home.
Heading across the pond soon? Here are some great ways to save money while travelling in Europe.