Like bringing home a little piece of paradise as a vacation memento? Smart travelers know there’s no need to empty your wallet for expensive souvenirs. We’ve got the scoop from our budget-savvy travelers on the secrets to bringing home the best memories–without breaking the bank.
9 Thrifty travel tips for souvenir shopping from CheapTickets travelers:
- “Invest in a digital camera and snap shots of funny gifts. You can make e-cards to send to friends! They’ll laugh just as hard–for free!”
- “Buy souvenirs the US dollar is stronger than that country’s currency, but don’t forget to save some room in your suitcase for your gifts!”
- “It never hurts to ask. Many attractions (like the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame) charge to snap a photo. Ask the staff to use your own camera for free.”
- “Instead of buying postcards, use the hotel stationary to write a letter and send a photo along with it. It’s more personal, plus you save more money!”
- “Always keep a journal! Pictures are great but can be costly to print out but it’s free to keep a written record of all your experiences.”
- “Souvenirs are usually way overpriced so find some cute gifts for your friends at home to avoid tourist traps. But shhhh… don’t tell your friends how much you saved.”
- “Stay away from tourist traps. They’re not authentic and are usually overpriced. Venture off the beaten path to discover the true gems of the city.”
- “Be Thrifty! Bring clothes you can discard or donate after your trip. You’ll have more room for souvenirs and a lighter load all in one.”
- “Curb your impulse shopping! Set a daily budget and stick to it. We promise you’ll get the most out of your vacation.”
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