Top 10 Expensive Mistakes To Do When Travelling

You might think that you are all set, packed and ready for your next trip, yet here is a list of mistakes most travelers tend to do when traveling and that must be avoided at all costs:

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1. Make a COPY of your passport, take an extra visa/bankcard and put some additional money on the side for emergencies.

It is extremely important t store these in a separate place from your normal purse/pocket, and once you reach the hotel, make sure to put these in a safety deposit or somewhere secure! Many instances i loose my stuff, get items stolen and i need to get back to the hotel in order to make necessary calls. Well this is where you will need those extra items. You can pay the cab, go to the police and show your identification and use your credit card for other important tasks until you get some money flowing again.

2. Charging everything on a credit card has its perks and disadvantages.

One thing that is good about it is your transactions are secured by the credit card company, you dont have to carry a large amount of money with you and you get those extra points! The Cons is that many credit cards, including mine, have a substantial fee for using it abroad and not to mention the horrible exchange rates, so basically you will be paying a lot for this service.

3. Dressing like a tourist and holding a map all the time on the road.

This could be OK in some countries but not for others. Places like Brazil you need to dress down, not wear any jewelery, not carry anything expensive and not walk in small, suspicious paths. Stick to the main path and where you see the most crowd and try not to be a hero in these places as it happened to many of my friends get robbed at gun point.

4. Using your phone when traveling.

Understand that the phone might be needed for some urgent situations, so why not call your service provider before you leave and buy a few minutes for the country so you can avoid roaming and long distance charges. I’ve fallen prey to this a couple of times and one time my bill came out to more than $1500 just from using internet in France because we had to check the hotel location!

5. Carrying too much luggage.

You might end up having to pay for this, not to mention in some inter country planes they wont allow you to have over an amount of weight and the tolerance is much less than from your destination. Allow me to give an example, when we went to Thailand, the luggage weight allowed was much more than what was allowed when we took a flight from bangkok to Phuket. Hence in some cases you will have to even buy a luggage from the airport since a large one is not allowed. This does not even take into account the weight issues you have to carry around and the hassle.

6. Traveling With No Insurance.

Watch out for this one, emergencies do happen and you might need to use a local hospital.

7. Informing Your credit card company you will be traveling.

Some credit card companies have a reservation an dare blocked if someone uses the card in a foreign country due to fraud detection. It might not be feasible for you to make a cheap call abroad to get them to allow charges, hence you might as well prepare for this before you go.

8. Booking in a Hotel on the Spot.

Hotel on the river

Yes in some countries the charges of a hotel don’t change whether you book it online or on the spot, but in my experience, hotel prices are quite High when they are booked on the spot and you will loose out on a lot of discounts, offers and perks versus booking it ahead of time and online.

9. Plan your transportation.

Yes, there is a part of it that could be fun, arriving and winging everything last minute. Though when I did that, i had light luggage, had a travel book/guide with me and had an idea on how to go from one place to the other. No need to reserve it ahead of time, but at least have knowledge of the modes of transportation available so you can end up saving and not using a cab.

10. Buying Souvenirs from Touristic spots.

Tourist Spot

The last thing you want to buy is an expensive item from a touristic spot. These items are usually double in price and non-negotiable because of the amount of tourists that flock there who are clueless what the item costs is outside that touristic strip.

 

Limo Service in Montreal When Traveling ?

When traveling, the most important thing we usually like to do is treat ourselves to a good time, such as a fine restaurant, a fun party, a amazing limousine ride. We love doing all these things and more and this is what we refer to as a luxury vacation on a budget.

What we try to do is save on some things that we can save on and spend on the things that we love to do and in order to do that we need to save in some places and spend on others.

One of the most important things we learned to do when traveling is to go with reputable companies when picking a fancy entertainment. In our previous vacation in Montreal, we wanted to to treat ourselves to a Limousine service in Montreal to enjoy the cities culture, high rises, clubs, restaurants and dine in style.

When we arrive to the city, we looked up in google plus who recommended the a limousine company in Montreal and through connections and based on reviews we managed to find this company that gave us Montreal tour in a Limousine  and quite frankly it was well worth the buck. This was the best thing we did in the city and we recommend it as it they showed us all around and we had an amazing time and felt special for the day. They had amazing prices and we felt that when we saved a little the day before we were able to afford the ride and a fancy restaurant in the town. SO we try our best to stick to our travel budget so we are able to travel everywhere in this world.

The main dilema that most people have is that limousines cost a lot of money and that they are not worth it.

We say, really !?

Have you ever spent on a expensive meal in an expensive restaurant? is a good meal not worth the money ? Perhaps to some people and maybe not to others.

Same thing for limousines, have you ever experienced a ride that makes you feel vip, stylish, important, fun, and romantic with your partner? Add that to a trip abroad … and you have the ultimate day…

If you haven’t tried this before, then you should, and if you have then did you love it like we did ?

For our next trip to Toronto, we will definitely be getting into google plus again and finding a limousine service that will tour me the wineries !

We personally loved every minute in Montreal and we would recommend it to any traveler.

Montreal is a fun city and the best way to party and enjoy good food.

One of the things we loved to do in this city is go to the French quarter and enjoy a nice French authentic meal. This was truly worth it. Mind you, we had to reserve the restaurant ahead of time so please prepare for it before you go to the city.

Montreal culture is debatable whether it is close to France or not. It is French though is it really French France ?!

They have a unique architecture that is different than France, and they have a unique language that is different slightly accent from France and the food is even slightly different in some ways.

So when you travel to Montreal, make sure to local French restaurants, a city limo ride and a resto bar for the night to enjoy drinking.

 

Renting an Apartment instead of a Hotels

We had never in the past thought that this would be our major mode of stay when traveling but once discovered it is an awesome way to save and make the most out of your stay. Below is a list of why this is the best way to stay on travel while still maintaining a luxury vacation.

PROS:

1- Apartments are Cheaper than hotels, and in some cases motels as well.

2- Has a kitchen that can be used.

4- Most of the time you get a better location than the same price staying in a hotel. This is what happened to us in San Fransisco and Hawaii.

5- People are always friendly and you can ask them about the place and where to go for local hangouts.

6- If you are on a budget, you can save by eating breakfast and making sandwiches for lunch and keep all the money you have for an outstanding dinner.

7- Depending on the apartment, you can get private amenities such as a private barbeque are and even a private pool. This is what we had in France.

8- Why bother with taxes, services fees, property fees etc that some hotels have. With apartment rental, the price you see is the price you pay.

CONS:

1- Might still be expensive in some cities and would only make sense when its more than one person staying there to split costs.

2- No one will clean after you everyday and no maid service in most of them until after you leave.

3- Some Apartments you would rent might not have ACs, Heaters, Phone etc so it might be difficult to use some facilities that you might need. Just watch out with the amenities that you need prior to renting it and make sure you discuss this with the renter.

4- Some people are nervous renting from someone you dont know anything about. Thats why, its best to always look at reviews and what people say about the renter and their place.

5- In some places, such as mexico, staying in a resort package is so cheap it does not make sense renting an apartment given all what you get with a resort package.

We hope we have convinced you to rent instead of book a hotel in for your next trip for some cities.

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On a budget and Traveling To Expensive Cities?

If you are traveling to an expensive city and wondering how to cut back on expenses without feeling like you are a backpacker.. no offense to any backpackers.. I’ve done that a few years ago but I dont have the capability of traveling with a backpack anymore on my shoulder as i will suffer with back pains!!!

So that being said, here is a recent advise i have on my recent trip to San Francisco.

We always wanted to visit this beautiful city yet did not know how expensive it is until we started looking for a hotel there for 3 nights….

I was shocked… a 1 stars hotel that looks so horrible i would be worried how the room looks like, its about $250/night…

That was shocking and it deterred me in a way. I know SF is a nice city, but is it really worth that price and not only at that price, but the hotel was shady…

Well, heres what we did:

1. Look at airbnb.com and any other apartment rental site. We found an amazing apartment in the heart of SF at $160/night. We were pretty much close to everything.

2. Since we picked a strategic location apartment, we walked to most places and it was actually really nice as we got to see the city and the different houses and neighborhoods. If you dont want to walk, the subway system is always an option and so is the Uber taxi rides.

3. Always look online prior to arriving for deals on day trips and passes. We purchased the SF Go Card and we got in to most all attractions for a one time fee of $80. This price even included a wine tour which usually goes for $99 a person. It also included a bus hop on and off which served us good by saving on travel time around the city.

4. If you want to save even more money, you could buy some food from the local stores and just make sandwiches and breakfast to save on some money during the day and perhaps keep the nice food for dinner.

If i can give one advice to ALL travelers it would be this…

Always check what the local city has to offer you in online prior to going since this is where you will find most of the deals and savings.

Keep looking into my recent articles to get the most out of your traveling and transportation.

I do understand that some people have kids and family and cant walk around, but most of costs when traveling come from hotels and ticket… so once you rent an apartment, half your costs of hotels is reduced, the apartment is more cozy than a hotel and you get to save on food if you want to purchase some food for the family for morning breakfast.

I would though always recommend experiencing the local restaurants as you are on a vacation and eating our is part of the whole experience  🙂

 

 

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