Eating in popular tourist hotspots
All that sightseeing is hungry work, but savvy travelers avoid the most popular cafes and restaurants around the main tourist hotspots. Research is key! Check out these 10 ways to eat healthy on vacation. And spend some time before your trip finding out where the locals eat and drink, and gathering information on where to dine without blowing your budget. For example, Londonist has a great list of cheap eateries near London’s major museums.
Foreign transaction fees
Before jetting off, check your debit and credit card provider’s charges for withdrawing cash and paying for purchases abroad, as foreign usage fees can significantly increase your costs. A study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, as reported on CNBC, reveals that 91 percent of bank cards and 57 percent of credit union cards have fees for transactions made abroad, which typically range from 2 to 3 percent of each purchase. Before you travel, get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Do the same for a debit card that doesn’t charge extra fees for ATM withdrawals abroad.