When you’re traveling to a foreign country, there’s virtually a 100% chance you’ll overspend on something during your trip. Don’t beat yourself up about it. (Remember, you’re on vacation!) Instead, recognize those moments and learn from them.
Here are three great ways you can try to avoid wasteful spending abroad:
1. Understand tipping etiquette
Many countries don’t tip, and, if you come from a country where tipping is the norm, you may be throwing money around that isn’t necessary.
2. Chat with other travelers
Strike up a conversation to find out how much other people have spent on excursions, taxi rides or goods from local shops to avoid overpaying.
3. Practice your haggling skills
We focus entirely on this in a separate article, but, in many countries, haggling is the norm—and you’ll find local vendors quickly negotiating prices to try to sell you something. Be prepared with a price you think is fair (usually based on that info you gather from other travelers), negotiate confidently to get the best price for your budget, and, most importantly, don’t be afraid to walk away if the price isn’t right!