Traveling can be expensive. When you do go out of town, we’re betting you’re probably paying way more than you need to on travel expenses. Read on to find out what seasoned travelers have learned about hidden fees.
1. You have to read the reviews
Before you decide to book a tour or experience, listen to Elizabeth Blasi, an expert on travel. She recommends that you take a good bit of time to read the reviews on the excursion before you book it. She also explains that popular travel websites and apps such as TripAdvisor and Expedia often charge way more for a service in exchange for convenience. Sure, it’s simple to book it through an app, but you could be paying three times more for the privilege! Instead, Elizabeth says, check out reviews on popular sites such as Yelp first. Call the company that is giving the tour to find out exactly what is included when you get there. For an even better deal, consider renting a car from a local company instead of taking their tour bus to the landmark or destination. Many times, the driver of a local company can give you a more interesting ride.
2. Check the fine print of your rental
There may be times during your travel that renting a car is better than calling an Uber or dealing with public transportation. However, driving in a different area, or even in a brand new country, can be confusing and difficult. Leisure travel consultant Ardene Emmelkamp urges all of her readers to carefully go over the fine print of your rental contract before you sign it. Some rental companies provide added car insurance that could cost you hundreds of dollars, especially if you need the vehicle for more than just a day or two. Instead, call your credit card company to find out if they offer rental car insurance if you use their card to book a car. In most cases, they will. This could make it that much cheaper to enjoy a beautiful rental while you travel.
3. Not asking for an upgrade in person
We often have to sacrifice the type of hotel room we get because we are trying to save money for the rest of the trip. And who hasn’t dreamed of taking the elevator to the top floor of a luxury suite? While you may not get the chance to do so without shelling out thousands of dollars, here are ways to get an upgrade on your room. The trick? Ask for it when you get to the room, not over the phone. If there is an upgrade available, you may get it for no charge. It’s also harder for a person to say no to someone when they are right in front of them. It doesn’t hurt to ask about an upgrade-the worst they can do is say they have nothing available! Remember, be polite and courteous no matter what. Even if an upgraded hotel room isn’t in the cards, the front desk clerk may be able to offer you additional amenities during your stay.