Kevin Hilding

Photographer & Videographer born to explore

Hi There! I haven’t seen anyone writing about these tips before… Sooo I’m gonna tell you now. We all know that when we are traveling we might spend just a bit too much right?
Even for me who lives abroad for a long time this might happen. So how do you save more money then?
That’s what I will tell you today, my 5 secrets to saving more money while traveling.

1. The 7-Day Rule

My first tip is actually, the seven-day rule as it’s called and what it means is really that you don’t spend any money on something directly when you see it, you wait around seven days.

I know that many of you maybe don’t do traveling for more than seven days or ten days, so maybe wait for at least three to five days before you decide to “okay I want to buy this thing”.

Otherwise, you will just spend money and regret it later… So my tip for you is to use the seven-day rule! It has worked for me for a long time actually, it’s been two years since I found out about this which has helped me tremendously to save more money because I don’t spend it on things that I don’t need.

This is a really good tip for anyone really, that wants to save money and a good thing to always have in mind.

2. Hire a Car

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The next time you travel I suggest that instead of spending A LOT of money on a tour with a big charter company, you should go and rent a car. This is much cheaper than going on a trip that is already planned and having pickups and everything with guides.

Those are more expensive than just hiring a car and go there by yourself. Because the cost of guide, transfer, lunch is all in the price plus profit. Don’t take me the wrong way, I do love going on guided tours myself. which is NOT because I’m a tour guide, but because it’s very relaxing and you don’t have to plan anything ahead. So if you do enjoy going with a guided tour. DO IT! Because it’s usually on a fantastic experience to do.

My tip here is that if you actually hire a car and then plan ahead which different places to go. Find a good deal especially those with several day discount which is the best ones! You can also while having a car, try to find a free walking tour, these usually have a guide that is free and you can just go with the flow with them and enjoy all the things that you would otherwise also. But you have other people there and also a guide which was for free because you planned ahead. If you want to know what to do in Ayia Napa, Cyprus read my post about it Here to plan your trip!

Might gone a bit off topic also but hey, I just love these small tips that you can use to save some extra money because, it’s expensive to live abroad sometimes.

3. The Nice View Trap!

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another tip I want to tell you about is, “don’t fall for the nice view trap” as I call it. That’s basically if you go to a harbor for example and the harbor or anything really. That is so nice, with views like never before!

Don’t go and eat on the restaurants by the harbor for example, because you will pay an extra price just for that nice view. This is why I call it the nice view trap. They usually up their prices by 20-30% just because you have this really nice view you’re looking at.

But if you go to a local restaurant instead in your city. You’re most likely to fall down in prices instead! Maybe you will even get a better experience by the food, just because it’s so local and they just give so much love to the food they make. Much more than some of the “nice view restaurants” where they always had customers anyway.

Though sometimes you actually just need to try and eat with a really nice view of course! i’m not that kind of person that don’t want that at all haha… I enjoy having a nice view sometimes but if you’re going out 20 times, please go and try a local restaurant.

4. Cooking at home

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This next tip is actually that you can cook food at home instead and don’t always have to go eating out. Cook your own food instead, this will save you those 15€ you would otherwise lose… But when buying food from the grocery store instead, the cost might be the same, but lasts for 3 days!

” But, oh no, i don’t have the right equipment… or, oh what am i gonna do?”

My bonus tip is then actually that when you book your apartment, book for example an apartment with kitchen, this makes it so much easier. So for example i’m using TripAdvisor you can check it out. Because there you can book an apartment, for example with good kitchen. It’s very easy, you just find out your destination you want to go and then book an apartment.

I very much recommend this, because you will spend so much more money if you go to a restaurant for like three days worth of food when you could have gone to the supermarket and then come home to cook it. This will make you feel that really nice satisfaction of achievement from cooking your own food.

It always tastes so good to cook your own food! I love cooking so that’s probably just me being “mental” but Hey! that’s how I feel and I think many people will feel the same. Oh I almost forgot. If you do feel that its hard to figure out something to cook then buy a cook book. I know this sounds weird but try it! I can link a good one here with loads of options!

5. Watch this Video!

I do many things as a Tour Guide. With that said I do know one or two tips about how to actually save money when you’re traveling. So in this video I do talk about a few of these tips. But I go more in depth and also its 7 Tips, Plus a bonus one! which you could learn a few extra tips from if that is what you need.

With that said, I thank you for your time! Please tell me what your favorite tip has been so far? Maybe There is something you want to add. Tell me in the comments below.
have a great rest of Your day.

Here is Some of my latest posts if you can’t get enough!

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