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  1. Aline Demuynck says:

    Thanks so much for your post, I also prefer traveling like a local :). Before I book, I usually like to browse around a few price comparison websites. Obviously not too many, plus I feel like you always have to be careful with supposedly great offers and in the end, there’s often hidden costs included (many websites skip the insurance costs, but I really wouldn’t want to go without insurance…). But in Germany, we have Urlaubspiraten (they are A.Ma.Zing!) And for the US, I found this website that offers a Groundhog Special for Canada (is that really a thing?)
    Any North-American here who can tell me if that’s really a thing in the US/Canada?

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  3. Mrs. Frugalwords,

    Travelling like a local now is my favourite thing to do. I used to try to rush around and see every possible attractions but now I prefer a leisurely pace and sit at coffee shops to enjoy things much slower. Having a ForEX free card can save you a ton assuming you use your credit cards a lot when travelling.

  4. Great advice! This is almost exactly how Mr. Frugalwoods and I travel abroad. The advantage of using credit cards is a great point that many people don’t realize. So is traveling like a local–we just try to blend in and do as the locals do. It’s almost always cheaper, more interesting, and less stressful since no one realizes we’re tourists and so we’re not hassled as much!

  5. AirBnB is a great alternative if you want to visit a place but don’t know anyone there whose place you can stay for a couple of days. I also always try to look for free attractions, and budget my expenses if there are things I *really* want to see but cost money.

  6. Julia,

    The outlet malls in Orlando had some of the best deals I’d ever seen. I know encouraging you to shop doesn’t help you save money but the deals were great!

  7. Great post Barry! What do you recommend for a credit card that doesn’t charge a foreign exchange fee? I think most if not all of the ones I have charge that 2.5%.

  8. These are great tips. The only one I haven’t done/used is Google flights. I know about it, but for some reason I always forget to use it and instead use the same website I’ve always used. I’ll get it some day.

  9. Great tips. Yeah, some street vendors have the best food. Another travel tip, avoid airport food and drinks if you can, very expensive!

  10. Michelle,

    Some of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life came from street vendors. Most recently a fish sandwich by Galata Bridge in Istanbul.

  11. awesome tips! I also research months in advance before the trip. I remember booking from a newer travel agency and got the Spain trip (Barcelona and Madrid) for just $1000/person – airfare and hotel included. I have yet to find another deal like this

  12. Love these tips! We’re headed to Disney World at the end of the month, and the first thing I did when I found out we were going was Google “Free Stuff to do at Disney World”! LOL:)
    And you know what, I’m REALLY excited about the “free days” we have planned!

  13. Great post, love your tips. Eating street food will save you a lot of money compare to going to a fancy restaurant. Another way is to utilize grocery stores and make sandwiches yourself.

  14. Great post! I love traveling like a local and eating street food and from small restaurants. Makes for a fun and affordable vacation!

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