Skimp or splurge?
Traveling is expensive, so between the exchange rate and foreign transaction fees, you want your money to stretch as far as possible without sacrificing the quality of your trip. The first step: Figure out your budget and then rank what’s important to you, says Robert Miller, president of Travel Advocates, a Hoboken, New Jersey-based travel agency. While it’s up to you to determine your personal priorities, Miller says travel agents do have some secret budgeting strategies.
A checked bag—or two—can cost up to $200, which really cuts into a travel budget. Opt for a capsule wardrobe—filled with pieces that are easy to mix and match—and pack only the bare necessities. You can find a laundromat or buy almost anything you need at your destination. Budget traveling without a checked bag also means you have more time to explore instead of waiting for lost luggage! Make sure you have enough room to bring home souvenirs, though. Don’t miss these genius tips for packing a carry-on suitcase for a hassle-free trip.