Travel smart and travel cheap; with these travel tips you can spend less time watching your wallet and more time taking in the sites.
Pack Less, Pay Less
Packing poorly can cost you...literally. If you can't fit everything into your suitcase and need to take two, count on having to pay. Fees vary, but 2nd bag service fees (if applicable) usually range in price from $20 to $70.
Pack Travel Insurance
No matter how short your trip, or how close to home you'll be, pack travel insurance. You should never travel without it; travel insurance will save you more money should you need to rely on it if you fall ill or are injured, than the premiums you paid. Travel insurance is not where you want to cut corners.
Travel Often? Consider An Annual, Multi-Trip Travel Insurance Policy
An annual, multi-trip travel insurance policy gives you the emergency medical health insurance coverage you need for each trip you take within a 12 month period. Annual travel insurance policies come with a variety of options for trip lengths-one week, two weeks, and one month being the most popular-and can save you money in travel insurance premiums over buying a single-trip policy every time you travel.
Travel Light, Save Money
Even though you may be travelling with just one item of luggage, if it exceeds the allowable weight, you'll pay dearly for it. Generally, to avoid hefty fees for an overweight bag, your packed luggage must weigh less than 23kg (or 50lbs). And if it's over? Expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $100 more.
Pint-Sized And Pricey
Travel-sized toiletries are great for helping you travel light, but can be costly. Instead of buying these pint-sized travel companions pre-filled, go to the dollar store and buy empty travel-sized containers that you can fill with your favourite product. In no time, you'll recoup your initial investment (of about $5) and you can re-use them on all future trips too.
Advance Seat Selection Will Cost You
Many airlines nowadays offer you the opportunity to pick your seat well in advance of your travels, for a fee. Save anywhere from $20 to $40 per flight by selecting your seats during the check-in process rather than in advance.
ABM Fees Can Put A Dent In Your Account
Call your bank if you're planning on using ABMs while on vacation; you may be surprised at how much this convenience will end up costing you. Transaction fees, additional withdrawal fees (for using a non-affiliated ABM), and foreign currency conversion administration fees may all apply.
Get A Travel Rewards Credit Card
If you don't yet have a travel rewards credit card, you're missing out on one of the easiest ways to travel cheap. And, depending on the credit card you choose, the points (or miles) you accumulate can add up and often be used towards anything travel-related-not just flights, but also hotels, car rentals, tours and more.
Only You Should Be Roaming, Not Your Phone
The pay-per-use fees for voice, data, and text messages are cost prohibitive and add up quickly when travelling. Avoid paying exorbitantly high fees by getting a travel bundle plan from your service provider. Listed are the big three in Canada with links: Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, and Telus.
Cheap travel doesn't have to mean that you travel to destinations you're not interested in, stay at accommodations you don't like, or eat poorly while you're there. In fact, cheap travel-in this one traveller's opinion-means smart travel. Pay for what's important, get the most out of what's easily available to you and avoid falling prey to unnecessary fees and surcharges.
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