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Young people are more likely to prioritize spending on travel than older generations, sometimes to the detriment of their savings accounts. However, seeing the world or travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are four easy ways to save money while travelling that you might not be aware of.

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Call the hotel to ask for a better rate
If you use an online travel agency like Expedia or Orbitz to book a hotel, you might not get the best deal. These OTAs, as they are called, charge commissions on room bookings and some hotels add additional fees when you book through an OTA to recoup part of the commission cost. Calling the hotel itself and asking if they can beat the price — and keep all of the proceeds — could save you a few amounts, especially because hotels aren’t typically offering the OTAs their best deals, to begin with.

Use credit cards when you travel abroad

While travelling abroad, the best option for paying for things is to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. But even if your card has a fee, it could be a better deal than converting currency at a kiosk. In fact, using a credit or debit card is likely cheaper than converting at most banks and credit unions. Why waste the time exchanging physical currency, not to mention risk carrying it around, when a credit card will handle everything automatically and give you the best exchange rates.

Take advantage of your travel rewards

There various ways to gain travel rewards. It can be through miles that allow you to get access to perks like travel lounges and discount. They can also bail you out of a tough situation.

Ask for cash if you’re bumped from a flight

Airlines routinely overbook flights, then ask for volunteers to take a later flight. There’s usually a voucher up for grabs, which can be enticing for budget-conscious travellers not in a hurry to get to their destination. But if you don’t volunteer and end up getting involuntarily bumped from the flight, you can ask for cash instead of an airline voucher. The benefits are twofold: for one, you can use cash for anything, and two, cash doesn’t expire, while vouchers do, in some cases.

By Damilola Faustino

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