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Best price for a hotel room

If you turn up without a booking, try not to pay the first price offered to you. You will be surprised how often the price will be reduced, especially if a small independent hotelier. Also, if you are looking to book a bed and breakfast through a hotel...

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Check exchange rates

Have a general idea of the exchange rate before leaving home to give you an indication of what kind of deal you are getting on currency exchange.

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Check if you need a Visa

When you have decided where you want to go, check if you require a Visa to visit a country and check how long they take to process your visa request. Apply for a visa early to avoid any problems.

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Debit credit cards

Consider using a pre-paid cash card (debit credit card) for withdrawing currency, then if stolen the losses could be minimal, just up to the amount left on the card.

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Departure taxes

Check whether there are any exit fees payable on departure and make sure you have sufficient currency to pay the charges.

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Enjoy a Picnic lunch

Enjoy a picnic in the park rather than paying for an expensive lunch. Some hotels will pack a picnic lunch for a reasonable cost.  You may prefer to buy your picnic food at a local supermarket.

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Phrase book

Always have a phrase book to hand, this can be very useful deciphering menus and invaluable in a variety of situations.

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Street food vendors

Street food vendors Eat street food to save money and also have the peace of mind to watch it being cooked there and then.   Try to buy from food stalls that locals eat at.

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Visiting museums

For a quieter experience, try and visit major attractions early in the morning or towards closing time, as most tour parties will visit between 11am and 3pm. Taking a tour within the museum can be interesting, often your guide will tell stories and facts that you wouldn’t know by self touring.

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