13 Ridiculously Impractical Ways to Save Money While Traveling

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7. Always Order the Cheapest Thing on the Menu

And never have a drink with dinner. Instead just sip your tap water defiantly in a top-notch Parisian restaurant while the rest of your traveling party enjoys their fine, perfectly paired wine. Bordeaux, Champagne… the real thing can’t be that much better, can it?

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6. Take Home Your Sad Leftovers

Waiters in nice restaurants abroad love it when customers ask them to wrap up the two, sad remaining bites of their filet mignon. For an extra touch of class, fill your bag or purse (or luggage jacket?) with the free bread for a stale but frugal breakfast the next morning.

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5. Don’t Tip

Tipping practices vary greatly from region to region and in some countries you’re not expected to tip at all. Is that the case the country you’re in? Who cares! Just play “dumb tourist” and hope nobody notices before you dash out the door.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!