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Here is my final money saving tip for traveling.
Buy a passport/document protector (preferably with a lanyard so you can hang it
over your shoulder or around your neck). You might think it’s a little
ridiculous, but it might be the most important way to save money when you’re
The world, both here at home and abroad, is an
unpredictable place and the people who live in it aren’t always honest. It’s
possible that you’ll be missing your wallet after someone bumps into you on the
subway. Passports, visas, and all of those cards you keep in your wallet aren’t
cheap to replace. In the long run, replacing any lost documents could cost you
more than your entire trip. (I know my student visa cost me $230 originally,
and I’m sure it would cost about the same to get another copy.)
Save yourself the trouble and just keep all of
your travel documents, (i.e. your passport, visa, documents you keep with you
for customs, birth certificate, proof of address, etc.), and extra money inside
the passport document protector/ holder.
While most of that should stay in your locked
locker back at the hostel, you’re going to have to take it out at some point,
even if it’s only on your way to and from the airport, so it’s better to be
safe than sorry. Not to mention it goes under your jacket/sweatshirt/top layer
so the rest of the world won’t judge you for wearing it.
Check out Google maps before you leave on your trip. It’s useful for finding
relative locations as well as metro/underground routes.
Don’t drink the tap water – purchasing bottled water is always the best option.
Buy gallon jugs that you can use to refill your reusable plastic bottle.
to Get You Started on Your Adventures
Need a carryon that will meet most airline
baggage restriction requirements in Europe? I suggest these.
You’ll probably want to buy something like this to make sure all of the
liquids in your carry on make it through security:
Don’t like sleeping in hostel sheets? I know
plenty of people who have found this useful:
And The Swiss Army Knife of Travel Gadgets:
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