Though I hardly consider myself a frugal traveler, there are times where being frugal is smarter, faster, and easier. Consider these ideas.
Stop buying food at the airport! Yes, carry snacks, energy bars, dried fruit and nuts. For longer trips, perhaps make a sandwich at home. Not only is airport food expensive, it is not very good or healthy (with a few exceptions).
Don’t park at the airport. Either park off site or take public transportation. Enough said.
Avoid peak travel. I prefer to schedule my trips by avoiding summer months and holidays. My favorite travel months are May and October, slightly off peak, and perhaps a time to find some discounts and bargains.
Use public transportation at your destination. This includes the airport to hotel segment as well. The experience is much richer compared to a cab or Uber. Munich, Lisboa, and Porto had great public transportation options on my last trip.
Mealtime. Quite often, I eat just two meals a day, a full breakfast, and a nice, early dinner. Lunch might be a snack with a beer or something light. But I do not skimp on beer, wine, and water.
Convert money ahead, do not use the airport exchanges! Converting currency at the airport is a waste of time AND money. Better exchange rates can be found once I reach the city center.
Join a walking tour. These are conducted by college students and local free-lance guides. Tips are based on how much you enjoy your tour, and generally provide a better insight into local culture and favorite places.
Hit the Happy Hour or early bird specials. Often, bars and restaurants have bargain happy hour food and drinks. Many times, the menu is the same with a 50% discount! And it provides a great opportunity to meet locals. Same for the early bird specials.
Talk to locals. They always have insights and tips on what to do, how to save money, and have some good local fun. Trip Advisor is not always the best, just the safest.
Carry a reusable water bottle.
But always remember, you are on vacation. Relax and enjoy yourself. Don’t be too frugal!!!
Thanks for sharing this. I always bring carry-on luggage and a reusable water bottle . Anita
You are most welcome. Any tips for the rest of us???
Take small amounts of clothes and wear a heavy jacket .
You are so funny and practical!!!