Essential traveling tips to keep in mind during the trip

Essential traveling tips to keep in mind during the trip

Best traveling tips

We look forward to the holidays like water in May. We organize the trip with more or less care, well in advance, or taking advantage of a last-minute offer… Whatever the option is chosen, the common goal of every traveler is that the adventure is a success. But, to achieve this, it is important to take into account some aspects before leaving and, above all, during the trip.

To make things easier for you, we offer you essential traveling tips that you must take into account if you want to ensure a great vacation. All of them have been the subject of specific articles on our channel, so you can delve into each one. Pay attention!

How to find a bargain

Essential traveling tips

The journey begins long before you leave. So what better than spending some time preparing it? Neither you nor anyone wants to pay more than necessary so that when we find a bargain, our satisfaction -the feeling of triumph- is even greater. In addition to the luck factor, there are some tricks when it comes to finding cheap flights, as explained by a true master in the field, David López, a globetrotter, author of the  Deprontoabordo blog.

Among other traveling tips, David López recommends being flexible on dates and times, being aware of new routes, and looking for error rates, that is, flights or hotels at prices incredibly lower than their value. And it is that accommodation takes a very important part of the budget. There are tricks that allow you to sleep in suites or upgrade the category of the contracted room, for free. Familiarize yourself with words like an upgrade, sign up for frequent guest programs, or book slightly longer stays.

In any case, beyond the bargain, it is interesting that you follow some routines when booking online, which will always be useful (compare prices, apply search filters, consult comments…)

How to avoid scams on Airbnb

Airbnb has recently become one of the preferred options for many travelers, so, as with any successful model, the risk of fraud is present. The platform itself publishes some recommendations in order to avoid being a victim of a scam. They are as follows: check if you are on the real Airbnb page; do not contact the host by mail outside the platform; do not pay the owner directly; Take a good look at the reviews of the property and its owner, and check the refund policy.

If you travel with children, check if the house is really suitable for minors or if it has adequate services for the little ones.

What alternatives do I have to spend the minimum amount of money?

The collaborative economy has opened the door to a way of traveling spending very little money. Among them, carpooling stands out, the practice of sharing a car, in which platforms such as BlaBlaCar or Amovens have achieved great success, or house-sitting, or housekeeping, which allows an exchange between travelers looking for free accommodation and homeowners who need someone to look after their homes while they are away. There are numerous applications and among the most used we find Nomador, MindMyHouse, Housecarers, TrustedHouseSitters, LuxuryHouseSitting, and HouseSitSearch.

Other formulas of traveling without spending money are found in Couchsurfing, the exchange of accommodation in the houses of strangers contacted through the portal, or woofing, work in exchange for a roof, and food. There are hundreds of opportunities in Europe, the United States, Australia, or New Zealand to sleep, for example on a farm helping out for a few hours. An easy and very useful way to find information is the volunteer pages Work away, Helpx and WWOOF.

How much money do I take and where do I change the currency?

The euro has become a great ally for travelers, since traveling through most European countries without having to think about exchanging currency, in addition to saving time, saves money. However, if this is not the case and your destination has its own currency, it is important that you take into account some issues.

First of all, you must be clear about how much money you plan to spend, to change the amount strictly necessary and consider where to do the management. Everyone agrees on the inconvenience of exchanging currency at the airport since it is substantially more expensive than doing it at your bank or at an authorized agency in the country of destination. You don’t need to carry all the cash with you, you can use your credit card to pay or withdraw money from an ATM or opt for traveler’s checks. To find out how much things cost -something that is often difficult- use a mobile application, such as XE Currency.

If you’re traveling to an exotic destination, chances are you’ll only be able to change there, so you need to calculate exactly what you need. If you have money left over, try to spend it or convert it back into local currency before you cross the border.

How to prevent petty theft

One of the most common fears among travelers is robbery, so, first of all, take extreme measures, since prevention is essential when it comes to avoiding theft. We recommend you avoid distractions; do not display valuables or put them within the reach of anyone -place them in double bottoms or in unexpected places-; distribute them in different places, do not transport them in checked bags, and use the hotel safe whenever possible; use locking mechanisms -there are numerous gadgets on the market-, and take special care of the mobile.

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