Planning Your Next Trip So You Don’t Get Ripped Off Abroad

When you are planning a trip by yourself, rather than booking through a travel provider or travel agent, then it can feel a little overwhelming. You want to make sure that you can get to see and do all of the things that you want to, as well as book things at the best price. Not only that, but you need to check how legit the websites you are using are, so that you make the most of your money, and don’t get taken for a ride, so to speak. So if you’re going to be planning a trip soon, then here are the best ways to make sure that you get value for money, as well as getting exactly what you booked. Choosing the destination is only one part of it; from there it can a lot more detailed.


Research Costs

If you have an idea about where you would like to go to for your trip, then it can be a good idea to do a little research into how much this kind of trip will cost you. Some destinations can be pretty cheap for travel and food once you’re there (think Southeast Asia, for example). But there are other places (like Europe), that do cost a little more. When you know rough costings for things, you can see if you are paying a fair price, or if you are being ripped off a little.


Book in Advance

Some destinations will have things that you are desperate to see and do. And in many instances, they need to be booked in advance. For other attractions, it can simply just be cheaper to book in advance. So look at your destination and see what things there are to do and what needs to be booked in advance. Take the Harry Potter studio tour in London, for example; it has to be booked a couple of months in advance or you won’t get in.



Check Reviews

You may have found a provider for something for your trip. The price might sound great. But you need to check on the reviews. Places like Tripadvisor can be good to get a general idea, but with some people posting fake reviews on those places, it is a good idea to look around for reviews. Take boat charter company Globesailor, for example. If you look up a Globesailor review somewhere other than Tripadvisor, then you’re more likely to get a balanced opinion from a range of people that have used them before.


Work out a Daily Spend

It can be easy to spend money here, there, and everywhere when you are away. So it can be a good idea to work out a daily spend each day. This can allow for food, if not included, as well as things like drinks, parking, or transport when you’re out and about. You can then save or put aside that money for the trip. Simple as that.


Have you got any other tips or tricks that you would add to the list? It would be great to hear what you think.



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Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!