It’s the weekend! I’ll keep today’s tip quick, as I’m sure you’ve got some exciting things you want to do this weekend. Today I want to discuss using local services as much as possible when you travel, and why it will save you money.
Want a coffee? Head to a local café, not Starbucks. Need a new top? Head to a local charity shop, not H&M. Hungry? Try some local grub, not Pizza Hut. It’s simple; if possible, always go for the local option. The majority of the times it’s cheaper, as well as more authentic and beneficial for the community. Local services are often cheaper because they’re not solely geared towards tourists, meaning that they’re offering prices that locals find attractive as well. You’ll find that, especially in the long run, you can save a lot of money by always opting for the local choice.
I know that sometimes when we travel, we miss parts of home, and so it’s attractive to settle for familiar options rather than more “out there” local options. Of course it’s no big deal for you to do this sometimes; if you’re feeling homesick and you know that eating a meal just like ones you get at home will make you feel better, then go for it. Just try not to make it a habit. Not only will it save you money, but it’ll also allow you to experience a new country in a more active way. It’s a win-win situation.
What are your experiences with trying local services when travelling? Let me know, and check back tomorrow for the last tip of this series!