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Exploring the world can take a lot of work, but thankfully for us, there are many ways to make things easier and even lower costs. However, travelling comes with its own set of trails and tribulations and as such, there are many tricks that will make your life on the road easier. With this in mind, here are some more travel tips to help you become an expert traveller.
23. Eat locally
I know sometimes it can be tempting to end up in safe places like MacDonalds and Starbucks when you are abroad. But for me, travel is all about experiencing new things, so skip the obvious international restaurants and hit local eateries. You’ll discover some incredible new flavours that you would never experience in your own country.
I also love to explore local supermarkets and outdoor markets. It lets me discover new foods and products I would never taste if I only ate in restaurants. I normally buy fresh fruit, snacks and sometimes, if I have access to a kitchen, even the ingredients I need to make a delicious homemade meal. By doing this, I also save lots of money!
It’s also a good saving tip to carry dehydrated food or snacks from home instead of eating out. Dehydrated food barely weighs anything and is convenient because all it requires is for you to pour hot water on top. It’s also a good idea to take a small stock of snacks like cereal bars or nuts with you from home.
24. Find free things to do
There are always dozens of free things to do in each location. Go in Google and type your location + free things to do. You’re likely to find an abundance of interesting activities that won’t cost you a penny. Common free events are open air concerts, city tours, art fairs, and museums that are offering free admission.
25. Download maps offline on your phone
Did you know you can download Google Maps ahead of time for specific destinations? Once downloaded, the map works offline which can come in handy if you don’t have WiFi or a data plan while abroad. Once offline, the map works as it normally would, offering you walking/driving/transit directions to landmarks. This comes in handy especially when you’re taking different forms of transportation.
26. Download Google Translate offline, too
Download the appropriate language beforehand on Google Translate. That way you’ll be able to use it and communicate, translate menus and signs, etc. even when you don’t have internet.
27. Learn basic phrases in the native language of your destination
The locals will appreciate it and it will make your interactions easier. You don’t need to master the language but learning a few things like “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “Thank you!”, “Where’s the bathroom?” will go a long way to endearing yourself with the locals. They’ll like that you tried.
28. Stay clean, take wipes
Carry a packet of tissues, some wet wipes and a hand sanitiser, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic. You just never know when these will come in handy. And they will.
29. Get City Tourist Cards
If you plan on seeing a lot of spots and sights in a city, then you must get a tourist card for you to avail yourself of discounts and free access to all the museums and attractions in a city. This is one of the fantastic ways of how to save money that not all people often use.
30. Get good shoes
You walk a lot when you travel. Don’t beat up your feet. Love them as much as they love you, and they’ll take you to amazing places.
31. Be frugal — but not cheap
Look for deals and don’t waste money, but don’t miss out on great experiences or walk 10 miles to save a couple of euros. Time is money. Spend them both wisely.
32. Buy Travel Insurance ASAP
Travel insurance is the most important thing you get that you never want to use. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be out thousands of euros in bills. It will be there if you get robbed, flights get cancelled, you get sick or injured, or have to be sent home. It’s comprehensive and, for just a few euros a day, one of the best investments you can get for a trip.
33. Know your rights
The EU is the only area in the world where citizens are protected by a full set of passenger rights – whether they travel by air, rail, ship, bus or coach. Carriers have to offer reimbursement (refund of tickets) or re-routing to passengers whose service has been cancelled. Carriers must also offer care in terms of meals and accommodation. In respect of compensation, the rules differ between transport modes.
EU air passenger rights apply:
- If your flight is within the EU and is operated either by an EU or a non-EU airline
- If your flight arrives in the EU from outside the EU and is operated by an EU airline
- If your flight departs from the EU to a non-EU country operated by an EU or a non-EU airline
- If you have not already received benefits (compensation, re-routing, assistance from the airline) for flight related problems for this journey under the relevant law of a non-EU country.
EU means the 27 EU countries, including Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion Island, Mayotte, Saint-Martin (French Antilles), the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It does not include the Faeroe Islands, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
No matter where you live, if you’re flying from a European airport, or flying into Europe on a European airline, you can claim for flight delay under EC 261. In the case of delayed, cancelled or overbooked flight, you can get from €250 to €600 in flight compensation. Don’t let airlines get away with delaying, cancelling or completely ruining your European holiday. Get compensated! Click here for all the relevant info.