If you are in a foreign land and feel like a hapless prey when it comes to buying things overseas, you are probably one of the many tourists who are sometimes not spared when it comes to being ripped off.
What then, are tourists paying too much for? To find out, we tell you how to avoid overpriced items that burn an unnecessary hole in your pockets when travelling. The list below is a reference from travel website Totaltravel, combined with some personal experiences.
As tempting as they might be, you should not step into souvenir shops. Why? The most obvious reason is that the items are often priced too high. Instead of buying an overpriced "I Love NY" T-shirt or tote bag, heading to a local flea could help you find a better, and more unique gift for a lower price.
When I went on my first visit to Eastern Europe two months ago, I could not find drinking water easily so the only way was to buy bottled water. However, if you are in a country where you can obtain drinking water easily from the tap like in Singapore, there is no need to buy bottled water from the hotel. If you are apprehensive about whether the water is safe to drink, boil the water first. This is one way of saving yourself some money.
3. Hotel laundry
Ask yourself: Do you really need to wash your clothing when on holiday? Unless you are on a month-long trip, spending money on the hotel laundry is really not necessary. If there is a need to, however, find a Laundromat nearby. If not, re-wear your clothes. Trust me, travellers do it all the time!
A taxi driver might con you into believing that he did turn the meter on. Once you get into a taxi, insist that the driver turns on the meter so that you will not be overcharged.
5. International roaming
When travelling overseas, international roaming fees can add up and even cost you hundreds, or sometimes even thousands. If calls need to be made, buy a cheap prepaid SIM card to use during your trip. If making phone calls is not a necessity, use the airplane mode on your phone. Tip: According to Apple, the airplane mode increases your phone battery life too.