Travelling: 5 Tips On Sightseeing and Souvenirs (Part 5 of 5)

Posted on April 13, 2007. Filed under: travelling |

In this last section I’ll tell you how to save money on sightseeing and souvenirs. It might be a couple of bucks here and there but it really adds up in the end.

1. Use the student card

The majority of all sights and attractions give you student discounts. Most European countries give you discounts on train tickets if you are under 26 years old. If you’re not a student but you look young… you can say “you’re a student”… I’m not saying I’ve done this before, it might be a possibility.

2. Do some research!

Pay attentions to posters, pick up newspapers, ask around. This is a great way to find out about festivals and free events. Also, many museums offer free admission on certain days of the month. Remember to keep an open eye!

3. Don’t buy kitschy stuff

Avoid buying mass produced junk from the tourist shops. Are you sure you need another shot glass? How about a shirt that you’ll never wear? Instead, buy something that is made locally. You’ll be sure to get something much more memorable and support the local economy at the same time.

4. Bargain!

Don’t be afraid to bargain, especially in less developed countries. If it’s obvious that you’re not a local, you’ll tend to get overcharged. Bargain down to a price that you feel is a fair price. Remember, the shopkeeper won’t sell anything to you if they don’t make a profit so don’t feel bad about bargaining over a dollar or two

5. Is it worth it?

Is the cost of admission worth to the sight? It is an awesome museum or is it just a tacky tourist trap? Do your homework before you fork over your money.

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