HIGHLIGHT MEMORIES THAT LAST
HOSTEL. Hostels offer private or shared rooms with communal bathrooms at a lower price point than traditional lodging options. They tend to be very safe and typically have staff on site 24/7. Plus, staying in a hostel is a fun way to meet fellow travelers!
Don’t waste money on kitschy souvenirs that will likely end up in the back of your closet. These items are often overpriced, poorly constructed and aren’t even produced in the place you are visiting.
Buying a functional souvenir may seem more expensive at first, but frugality isn’t just about saving — it is also about spending money wisely. A leather bag from Italy will not only remind you of your trip to Florence, but is also an item you can use every day.
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
AIRBNB. Airbnbs are often in great locations, with a lower price tag than most hotels. The majority have a kitchen available, allowing you to make some of your own meals. Buying ingredients at a local market and cooking on your own is almost always cheaper than eating out. Pro tip: Be aware of currency exchange rates and added cleaning fees when booking an Airbnb.
COUCHSURFING. On couchsurfing.com, locals let travelers stay on their couches for FREE. Pro tip: Stay safe when couchsurfing by traveling in pairs and checking out user profiles and references when searching for a host.
“Stay in a hostel and sign up for Hostelworld (for meeting friends). Buy your alcohol and water at a local market.” — Victor Calvo, @vicalvo
“Take advantage of credit card rewards programs. I just got back from Bali and purchased tickets for myself and my girlfriend straight from credit card points. A lot of cards have a sign-up bonus [to help you save even more].” — Jake Garrett, @jagstills
“I research a lot before I go somewhere … [and] make sure to get the best prices on an activity or restaurant. There’s so many discount codes and coupons [out there].” — Jeriza Marie, @jerizama
HOTEL. With discount codes, holiday sales and hotel travel rewards points, staying in a hotel can be a very frugal option. Many hotels also include free breakfast which helps you save on food costs. Buenas May/June 2019 11
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