asked Journeywoman readers around the world to tell us how they
make the most of their travel budgets. We weren't disappointed..
Your responses were varied, resourceful and exactly what we hoped
for. This list of 50 recommendations contains some tips that are
useful for travellers who will be on the road for extended periods
of time. Others address the needs of women on a one or two week
adventure. Some will be appropriate for your style of travel, others
will not but we're sure everybody will find some new little money-saving
tidbits to incorporate into their next travel plans. Safe, economical
CRAIGS LIST -- On a recent three week visit
to Tucson, I accessed Craig's List - Tucson and found an 18-speed
Schwinn bicycle for sale for $25.00 After test-riding the
bike I bought it and happily cycled around Tucson during my
visit. It would have cost $20/day for a bike rental while
the transit system is not very comprehensive in Tucson. I
got lots of exercise and enjoyed being under my own power.
(Jan Janovick, Vancouver, Canada)
|| CARRY ID THAT
ALLOWS YOU A DISCOUNT -- If you're a student,
a government employee, a senior (CAA/AAA ) or in the military,
bring membership ID to prove it. Many places offer discounts
for museums, amusements, shopping or accommodations. (J.C.
Lam, Toronto, Canada).
|| DON'T EXCHANGE
YOUR FOREIGN CURRENCY YOU HAVEN'T SPENT --
You lose something every time you buy or sell foreign currency.
Didn't spend all your money? Unless it's thousands of dollars
hold on to it for the next time you travel.
|| BUYING BOOKS
ABROAD IS EXPENSIVE -- Some hotels have a
‘leave one/take one’ library. I have read some
great books this way. Also, consult Journeywoman's listing
to browse around the world. See if you can sell or trade
the books you brought with you for credit towards new or used
books along the way. (Debra, Toronto, Canada).
|| SHARE COSTS
IF YOU CAN -- When I travel with my sister
we have found that ordering one entree to share along with
a salad and appetizer is usually more than enough at most
restaurants. When we feel extra hungry we get recommendations
for a nearby Indian restaurant. Most offer a buffet style
meal at very reasonable prices. (Kathy)
|| JOIN A PEACE
ORGANIZATION LIKE SERVAS -- SERVAS
is an international network of hosts and travelers building
peace by providing opportunities for personal contact between
people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Through Servas,
travellers have opportunities to meet hosts, their families
and friends, and join in their everyday life. Where convenient,
hosts may offer two nights (or more) accommodation and invite
travellers to share a meal.
|| FLY MID WEEK
-- More people fly on weekends. These travellers
also often try to make it a long weekend so Mondays and Thursdays
are busy, too. If your schedule allows it fly Tuesday and
Wednesday for the best fares. That's what I do. (Helena, Winnipeg,
|| USE YOUR RESOURCES
WISELY -- If you are staying where breakfast
is provided, eat the perishables (yogurt, egg, dairy) and
take the fruit, bread, rolls, etc. with you for lunch. This
works well on the pocket book and also conserves your sightseeing
time. Just find a bench or nook and observe life as you eat
your ready lunch. P.S. This
is also better for your waist line. We don't usually eat as
big a breakfast as what is served to us in a B&B. (Lucretia,
Afton, Tennessee, USA)
|| CREATE GIFT
BAGS FOR CREATIVE PALS -- Do you have friends
who enjoy scrapbooking and collage? When you travel to an
exotic destination keep your eyes open for paper freebies
like maps, business cards, postcards and small inexpensive
finds like decorated notepads from dollar store equivalents.
Your craft pals will enjoy this new material better than another
mug that you paid ten bucks for. (Linda, Australia)
|| JOIN WOMEN
WELCOME WOMEN -- This organization aims to
foster international friendship by enabling women of different
countries to visit each other. Members are of all ages and
backgrounds and come from many parts of the world. Any woman
may become a member, regardless of nationality, religion,
home circumstances, etc. Visit http://www.womenwelcomewomen.org.uk.
No shopping in main tourist areas...
who run these shops pay more rent to be in the center of all
the action. So it makes sense that they will have to charge
you more for their wares.
Take a little
stroll down some of the side streets or wander into the neighbourhoods.
Or, wait until you take a side trip into the country. This
is where you'll get much better value.
I still have
two fabulous Italian pottery plates that I bought for a pittance
in a little grocery store in Positano.
Bonus! Savings right under your nose ...
Every month tour companies worldwide list their HOT Specials in the Journeywoman Newsletter and at the Journeyman website. Choose from a potpourri of Early Bird Specials, Single Supplement offers and money saving codes. Each month there is something new. You never know what you might find. Click!