1. Buy souvenirs from the drug store or supermarket when traveling internationally. You’ll
get great gifts like French soap and writing paper, or while in Jamaica gifts like coffee
and jerk sauce will cost far less in the supermarket than in the hotel gift shop.
2. Don’t rule out the airport. Not only will you avoid cramming items into your suitcase,
often items like jewelry, liquor and other souvenirs are cheaper than in the tourist areas.
3. Use your debit card at ATM machines to get local currency. You’ll get the best
conversion rate and you won’t have to pay the higher fee at the currency exchange.
4. Carry snacks. Little packages of crackers, raisins, or candy take up little room and think
of the money you’ll save when a “snack attack” hits in your hotel room. Ouch! Paying
$2.50 for a candy bar hurts. And always, carry a bottle of water purchased at any place
other than your hotel room where a liter of water can be as much as $5.00.
5. When traveling with a partner, put half of each of your clothing in each suitcase. That
way if the one suitcase gets lost, hopefully the other will show up. You may not have
your entire wardrobe, but, at least you’ll each have something to wear while your lost
luggage is being located.
6. When traveling for business always email a copy of your itinerary to yourself and another
someone else. Not only will someone know how to contact you in case of emergency,
but you’ll still have your important information in case you leave your papers at home.
7. Do this only if you are self disciplined. Charge items such as groceries on your credit
card to build points for travel. Just be sure to pay the credit card bill as soon as you get
home, either by telephone banking or through your bank’s website. It’s not a bargain is
you have to pay finance charges.
8. Be flexible. Sign up for those last-minute travel sites for special deals on air travel or
9. Don’t be embarrassed. Tell you age. AARP is one of the strongest organizations out there
for providing discounts for its members. Great discounts are available for a variety of
travel packages, hotel rooms, restaurants, car rental and travel insurance.
10. Always carry a scarf—you know the kind you buy in the islands as a beach cover up for
your swimsuit—it’ll come in handy if you’re unable to get a blanket on a chilly flight