- Use debit cards: Earn reward points by using debit cards and carry minimum cash to save money.
- Book in advance: Always book in advance to get the best deals at the best prices. Make sure you book your tickets at least 30 days in advance. Be ahead of the crowd. Avoid traveling around holidays on high seasons. Don’t forget to check the hidden hotel service charges.
- Use public transport: Skip those expensive cabs and use public transport to travel. But better challenge yourself to stay on foot to save cash.
- Google it: Guided tour are fun, but with a little research on Google before visiting the place, you can save a lot by not hiring a guide and cover more ground.
- Buy travel packages: Buy all inclusive travel packages to save money and ask for available discounts.
- Buy local SIM card: Save money on those international call bills and buy a local SIM card.
- Pack smart: Make a list of essentials and carry them with you rather than buying it in a foreign country. If possible, carry your own food and avoid cafes and restaurants at the airport.
- Buy a local map: Know your directions. Use a map or GPS to find the rout to your destination. It’ll help you save a lot of money.
- Bargain: If visiting a local market, you should learn some local phrases and bargain!
- Lighten your Load: Instead of printing your travel itinerary, download the “Tripit App” to store all of your logistics and confirmations.
- Power up: Make sure you’ve got a universal power adapter if heading overseas so you can keep your phone charged throughout your travels.
- Sign up for the best roaming rates: Call your wireless provider to find our what the roaming rates are in the country you’re visiting and if they have preferred rates for voice, data and text.
- Eliminate currency confusion: Download a currency app such as “XE Currency” on your smartphone to help manage your money as your travel from country to country.
- Share the moment: Use your smartphone’s camera to easily post and share your pictures to your favorite online sites and send status updates to all your friends.
- Be ready: When accidents happen, avoid the confusion of figuring out how to ask for the nearest doctor in a foreign language by downloading the “Closest Hospital” app to find the nearest hospital.
Keep it locked: Get into the habit of locking your device when you’re not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. Use strong PINs and passwords.
Stop Auto connecting: Disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth. Some devices will automatically seek and connect to available wireless networks. Disable these features so that you only connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks when you want to.
Think before you connect: Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot, be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate stuff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Do not conduct sensitive activities such as online shopping, banking or sensitive work using a public wireless network. Only use sites that begin “https://” when online shopping or banking. Using a mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public wireless network.
Unsecured wireless networks: While public wireless networks provide great convenience, allowing people to connect to internet from almost anywhere, they are unsecured and can allow cyber criminals access to your internet-enabled devices.
- Back up your photos and videos from all of your devices;
- Change the passwords for your mobile devices and accounts;
- Run a full scan on your devices for viruses and other malware;
- Keep an eye out for fraudulent charges on your financial statements;
- Contact your credit card company immediately if you notice any suspicious charges.