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If you’ve recently been bitten by the travel bug, you’ll know that the allure of an overseas holiday is incredibly difficult to resist. And, if you’re anything like us — you’re almost always planning your next overseas adventure! The downside, unfortunately, is that these unforgettable, life-changing getaways can have a devastating impact on your bank account. That’s why we’ve put together this list of six tips for money-smart travelling. Happy holidaying!

1. Take advantage of the amenities available at your accommodation.

Whether you opt for a hotel or a home-share, there will likely be a number of amenities available for your use — items such as soaps, shampoos, tea and coffee. Using these amenities will not only save you from the cost of purchasing your own, but will also help you to travel light — saving you money on the cost of checking your luggage.

2. Monitor deal sites for your daily activities.

Be vigilant in searching for great, budget-friendly activities. A number of deal sites around the web offer discounted sightseeing tours and activity packages, which will not only save you money but will also give you some fantastic ideas for activities to do in the area.

3. Eat smart.

Grocery shopping will help to minimise the number of times daily that you eat out. When you do decide to eat out, however, it is a fantastic idea to opt for local cuisine. Local cuisine will be cheaper, fresher, and more accessible — with the upside of allowing you to experience a pivotal element of the local culture.

4. Skip souvenirs. 

Though they can be extremely tempting, be mindful when shopping for souvenirs — they’ll take up space, weigh down your bags, and can add up to cost a fortune if you shop carelessly. Post cards are a wonderful choice if you’re on a budget but you’ve got your heart set on taking kick-knacks home with you.

5. Utilize public transport.

Small expenses such as the taxi to and from your accommodation can add up very quickly. Depending on your travel destination, you may want to familiarise yourself with the public transport systems that the locals frequent — or simply make an effort to walk more while on holiday.

6. Explore different accommodation options, such as Airbnb home-sharing. 

Upscale hotels in the midst of tourist hotspots will likely cost a fortune, so take the time to explore all your options before settling on your choice of accommodation. Home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb can offer more affordable accommodation options for your travel group, and many Airbnb hosts will offer a discount for longer bookings — with the added bonus of providing you with a local host who can offer you their knowledge.

Are you soon to be jetting off on your next European getaway? At HomeHost, we specialise in Airbnb property management for your Sydney properties. Turn your time away into extra pay, effortlessly! To learn more about our services, contact the HomeHost team at hello@homehost.com.au or call 1300 17 17 18.