You have been saving all year to go on a vacation to Tokyo or London. All of a sudden, the exchange rate gets worst. You automatically think of postponing that much-awaited trip; after all, there is no guarantee that the dollar will power up over the expensive city’s currencies. The problem is that you have already purchased airfare tickets that are none transferable. You are left with two options: let the airfare ticket go to waste, or go on with your vacation.
The root of your hesitation may be due to the fact that going there means putting a hole into your pocket. While airfare tickets may not be a problem, hotel and dining in notoriously expensive cities like Tokyo, Geneva, or Moscow may intimidate you. This is why it is important to do your research first before canceling your much-wanted trip to any of these cities. There are, after all, other options available. Remember that no matter how expensive these cities may be, there is always a room for budget travelers in these places.
Choosing to go to these expensive places on a budget means that you have to exert extra effort to make ends meet. One of the best ways to tame you hotel cost is by renting an apartment or flat. Go online and check agents and places that are available. Staying in these paces will dramatically lower the cost of your stay in a hotel. You can also check websites that give private property owners the chance to rent parts of their homes to tourists. Using the Internet for access these websites is a sure way of helping you find a decent place to stay without burning a hole in your pocket.
If you chose to stay at a hotel, be sure to get your money’s worth. Make use of the coffee maker instead of going to coffee shops and use the oven to make toast for your breakfast instead of going out. If you find any other appliances that can be used, such as refrigerators, washing machines and the like, take advantage of them since you have paid for them. Ask locals for the location of markets and groceries. If the hotel that you are staying in offers free breakfast, consume it first before going out. If you are renting out an apartment, look for a place where there is a kitchen, since cooking your own meals will save you more than if you dine out. Consider also that you are in a foreign country, so there are a lot of new ingredients that you can find there other than what you normally have access to back home.
Of course, there is no need for you to deprive yourself of the fun that your vacation has to offer. Go ahead and dine at an expensive eatery once just to get the feel of it. One of the best ways to get the taste of the local food is by eating at food stalls. For instance, if you are in Tokyo going to the night markets and eating at cheap food stalls that offer sushi and other Japanese food can be just as rewarding as going to an expensive restaurant.