Confidence is key. Don't be nervous to negotiate, just think of it as another experience you get to have on your adventure.
How to haggle when traveling abroad
Confidence is key. Don’t be nervous to negotiate, just think of it as another experience you get to have on your adventure.
Know what it’s worth
If you have a special item in mind, do some research online to see what it cost other travelers. Better yet, if you see someone with it, ask them in person what they paid for it.
Take your Time
Don’t buy on impulse. Be sure to visit all the vendors and not just buy from the first you see. Chances are, the more sellers you negotiate with, the better deal you’ll end up making!
Make your first offer by cutting the asking price in half. If they don’t seem to budge, start walking away – most of the time vendors won’t let you go too far before offering their lowest price, and starting halfway allows you to banter a bit to find a deal you both feel good about.
When shopping in foreign countries, it’s important to always be respectful. Acknowledge the hard work they put in to provide handmade crafts or handpicked foods. When negotiating, don’t let a few cents or a couple bucks keep you from a decent deal!
Live & Learn
Tourists tend to pay more, and that’s okay. There might be times when you think you got a great deal, but realize later you didn’t. Just remember, exploring the world doesn’t come free, and you’ll find the life experiences are well worth a few extra bucks.
Show a smile
Being friendly goes a long way. Even if you don’t know the language, everyone understands a smile. Make the bargaining process fun and engaging, and remember if you’re nice, you’re more likely to settle on a good price.
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