When travelling I like to be able to save as much money as possible on the things like taxi's so I have more money to spend on activities and other things. I also like to organise my packing and plan what I'd like to do each day on the trip and ideas of where to eat and drink throughout my stay.
I hope you find some of these tips useful and are able to include them within your future travels!
The Monzo card was a life saver for me on my most recent trip abroad. I travelled to America and as Monzo card is a Mastercard debit card, there was no extra charges when using the card to purchase things either at a shop or for an Uber, for example. However, when using the Monzo card at an ATM outside of Europe, you can only withdraw £200 every 30 days and then you will be charged a 3% fee, which I personally think is quite good as I'm sure this a much cheaper fee than other banks/building societys within the UK. Withdrawals within Europe have no fee. The app also features a chat service and has lots of other features including allowing you budget your spending, setting up money pots for change and more. If you haven't got a Monzo card already, I would definitely recommend this if you're travelling far or near, for long or short journeys as I feel it's beneficial to everyone!
If you're travelling in a location that provides Uber then I would urge you to utilise them! They are far cheaper than most locations local taxi firms and I think you get more peace of mind too as the app provides you with the drivers photo and name before they arrive. The app is really simple to use and there's no need for cash, just link a card or PayPal account up to the Uber app and you're good to go! Another positive about Uber is that if you're not confident in a foreign language, you don't have to worry about telling the driver your destination as you'll have already put this location into the app so your driver will know where to take you.
Packing cubes are a simple yet amazing invention! I found them so helpful as it makes the dreadful packing so much easier and quicker. You can find them quite cheap on Amazon and eBay and most have around 6-8 cubes in a set, all of different sizes and some of them have laundry bags too, so I kept those empty in my case on the way there and filled them up with dirty laundry whilst on holiday so I didn't mix them with anything else in the case!
For me, having an itinerary is an essential! Even if you don't stick to it exactly, it's just helpful to have with you so you always have ideas of things to do and places to go, I like this as when I'm on holiday I love to be out and about exploring a new place! You can find pre made itinerary's and plans for a lot of locations online on sites like Pinterest, if you don't want a pre made one you can find templates to fill in yourself or just make your own!
So, similar to the itinerary, I also find that having a checklist for everything I need to pack with me really helpful as I don't know about you but I am always SO paranoid that I will forget things. Again, you can find pre made checklists, templates or you can make your own!
I find Trip Advisor a really good way to find everything from activities to bars and restaurants as you can refine them to your price range, type of activities or food and location. If I find places that I like the look of, I will put these down in parts of the itinerary as possible things to do or places to eat or drink, so when we are on holiday we spend less time Googling what's around us.
Do you also do any of these when travelling anywhere?
If you have any other travelling tips to share, comment them below!
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