10 Hacks for Pinoys to Save Money When Traveling Abroad

10 Hacks for Pinoys to Save Money When Travelling Abroad
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People from all around the planet are becoming world travellers due to the flexibility in their employments. Likewise, a vast population of the Philippines has also developed an interest in travelling.

However, the majority of Filipinos don’t have as much money to travel as people from other countries. Many of them have to save money for a long time and book cheap flights to fulfil their dream of travelling. If you are planning a venture to a beautiful destination abroad, these money-saving hacks will come in handy on your trip.

1. Save Money on Food

The accumulated cost of eating out three meals a day while travelling can cost you a lot. To cut these costs, you can try and make three meals a day into two or have light snacks in between.

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You can have a huge breakfast, skip lunch or have light lunch, and have dinner; or you can eat breakfast, have a hearty lunch, and then have a light dinner.

Another way is to cook yourself at the place you’re staying. Raw vegetables and other ingredients don’t cost much, and you can make a lot more for yourself than provided in the restaurants. This way, you can cook sufficient food to go for two to three days and save on eating outside.

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2. Make Negotiation a Valid Option

You are likely to buy souvenirs or make other purchases while travelling in a foreign country. You’ll also have to book hotel rooms and transportation to explore the city.

To save cash on these, you can try and negotiate for prices to get favourable rates. It’s better to ask for a better price rather than regretting overpaying later.

3. Send Money While Saving Money

Filipinos are known to give priority to their kin above all else, and as they travel, they cannot forget their family. There might come a situation where you have to send money to your home. 

International transactions can be expensive. Use a reliable service that doesn’t charge high fees when sending money to the Philippines. You can also do it through cash transferring apps, which are fast and cost less.

4. Get a Tourist Card

Find out if your travel destination offers the service of a tourist card. It’s like a visiting card for tourists that can be your best friend in saving money in a new country.

You can acquire many discounts on accommodation, transportation, and restaurants by presenting this card. Unfortunately, not every country offers this facility, but you will find it in most popular tourist destinations.

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5. Try the Sharing Economy Approach

You probably haven’t heard about sharing economy approach because it isn’t prevalent yet, but the ones who do are significantly saving on their tours. Through sharing economy, you can contact the locals of your destination and avail their accommodation services directly and skipping “middle man” services.

There will be no involvement of any third-party agency, and you will directly deal with the locals. The services that they provide can be equal to half the rates as provided by travel agencies.

6. Hunt Free Things to Do

When you reach your destination or before you do, you can search for the free things available there for you to do like free walking tours which are based on tips. There can be many opportunities out there that you won’t have to spend too much on and still have fun.

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You can search online or ask around a few locals on the affordable to free of cost activities. These activities can range from free museum days to greenery-filled parks. You can also go for undertakings like festivals and local events that are free to the public to have a good time and save money.

7. Travel in Off-Season

Everybody knows how expensive a holiday season can be. You’ll have to procure flights, accommodation and food that are significantly more costly than that in the offseason.

So whenever you plan to travel, make sure that there isn’t a holiday going on in the world or in that particular destination. If you do, you’ll have to spend a lot more than you had planned out. You will be saved from having to travel in immense crowds in addition to saving money in the offseason.

8. Blend in With the Locals

To get the most out of place, you sometimes need to blend in. Doing this can help you find the best attractions in the location you visit and for cheap.

Try learning a few words of the local language and the local ways to impress a few citizens to help you through your journey. They can help you enjoy food from good places and take you to activities that are free or low cost.

9. Store Snacks

When you are out to explore the various attractions of your site, having a little munching stored can go a long time. You may think that doing this can cost you more, but this tactic can actually help you save money.

Having a few inexpensive options in your bag will be better than having to purchase costly snacks at a destination. These snacks can be quite expensive on tourist sites, so be sure to have them on your backpack in addition to a water bottle.

Even if you think that you won’t need to have a light munch in your travel, if you have kids, you’ll need to pack for them so that they can eat healthily and have you spend less.

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10. Minimize the Use of a Phone

 When you go abroad on a travelling trip, you can miss your family and loved ones left behind. But calling them and making sure that they’re fine and keep them updated about your whereabouts. However, staying connected can be costly.

To diminish these costs, you can go for a local sim card that lets you make calls that are expensive when conducting them with a roaming sim card.

Or you can take on an internet-only approach and make use of your data bundle or local Wi-Fi to help you save money. Apps like Skype and WhatsApp are the most reliable and cost-effective to use to connect with your family while abroad.

I hope this article is helpful for you to have a fun trip without spending too much. If you have additional tips, let us know in the comment section below.

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Mary is the founder of amaryroad and one of the experts when it comes to travelling in Southeast Asia. Mary has been travelling around the world since 2013, she have extensively travelled and lived in Southeast Asian countries. She also has been featured in popular publications in the Philippines such as GMA Network, When in Manila, and Tripzilla. Today, Mary continues her round-the-world trip with no final destination. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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