A vacation that crosses borders can be a fun one with lots of new experiences unavailable anywhere else. The downside to just about any vacation, specifically an international one, is the cost. Before becoming a modern-day Christopher Columbus, you should think about saving up some money.
The one time I traveled with a passport from the United States to Toronto, Canada, I made sure to watch my money before the trip even began by implementing simple money-saving strategies.
Switch Currency Ahead of Time
Not only will it save you a headache, having money ready for the country you are visiting can also be cheaper to do domestically. You can do this simply by visiting your bank.
Buy Any Relevant Tickets Before Leaving
Pre-purchasing tickets for any events you plan to go to online before you cross borders can save you a lot of money. I had planned to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, go to a Blue Jays’ game, and attend a concert. Only the concert had tickets available online and, best of all, at a cheaper price. This saved money and was one less thing to worry about selling out.
Have a Plan
The idea of going to a foreign land on a whim is a romantic one. A downside to this is spending money without any caution. If you have a plan on what you will do on your holiday, you are more likely to spend wisely. Think of it in terms of dieting. Planning out your meals ahead of time is more likely to ensure that you do not overeat.
Before I visited Toronto I knew exactly what I wanted to do and about how much it would cost. Budgeting vacations can be tedious, but this is a necessary move to make sure you have everything you need and a little bit more in case of an emergency.
Instead of Going Out, Fantasize About Your Vacation
Sacrificing your evenings for staying in at home will fatten up your wallet for the upcoming trip. To keep yourself satisfied, spend the time fantasizing about the place you will travel to. I did this with Toronto, looking at maps and different information online.
Remember that your local establishments will still be there when you get back. The once in a lifetime experiences you have in a foreign country are far more important at the moment than extending a streak of 30 consecutive weeks eating at Applebee’s.
Spending less money was easy for me as it’s something I tend to do in general. Perhaps this is a change you should make for your everyday life, even when a vacation is not looming.