The cost of traveling can add up quickly if you don’t have a pre-set budget. If you are like most and have yet to determine your budget for your upcoming trip to Puerto Plata, take advantage of our travel tips for traveling on a budget and you can soon rest easy. You will be guaranteed a wonderful vacation without having to worry about finances.
First and foremost, avoid restaurants that many tourists flock to. More often than not, restaurants filled with locals, as opposed to vacationers tend to serve better food and for a far lower cost. The fact that you will get to sample local Dominican cuisine should be reason enough.
Should traveling during the low season be an option for you, take advantage, as many times you will find better deals. Lower priced airfares, reduced wait times and shorter lines are just a few of the perks when traveling during low season.
Shopping while on vacation is often high on the list. By shopping local businesses in Puerto Plata, you will find a spectacular array of unique items indigenous to this beautiful city and usually at a lower price point. local business owners can sell their goods for lower prices since local gems are not mass-produced. Besides the appealing fact that you will be paying a lower price, you are often securing one-of-a-kind goods and souvenirs, and you are always supporting the local economy. Truly shopping done right!
Secure a credit card that will provide you the best exchange rate, and one that doesn’t charge additional fees to use it when traveling internationally. There are several credit cards that don’t charge fees when purchasing in different currencies, which is ideal when vacationing in Puerto Plata. However, if you prefer using cash only you may want to register your debit card prior to going out of the country and use the local ATM machines at your destination. Generally, taking these steps offers the lowest fees and a little bit of research can save you a lot of money in the long run.
If one or two of the many exciting Puerto Plata excursions are on your to-do list, make sure to compare prices before purchasing. Settling on the first excursion can often times prove to be costly. Take the time to do your homework and you will be pleased with the money you save.
Local transportation costs can run high when traveling, so make it a priority to do your homework. Puerto Plata offers several modes of transportation, many more exciting than others. Determine your ideal mode of transportation, and again, shop around. Taxi fares generally run higher than buses, bicycles and motoconchos. Also, if you’re close to your destination you can always try walking. Taking in the local sites while breathing in the beautiful Dominican air is a treat that can’t be beat. If your destination is too far to walk to make sure to agree on a price for the transportation services prior to the ride. Often times it is a good idea to write the price on a piece of paper to avoid any confusion at the end of the ride.
Our last tip for you is to barter, barter, barter! Whether you are shopping, traveling by motoconcho or windsurfing for the day, barter a lower price. The majority of vendors add a premium when quoting a price. Therefore, when inquiring about the cost, always offer a lower price. Nine times out of ten, the vendor will negotiate with you, which typically results in a fair price that satisfies the both of you.
These valuable travel tips will save you money while helping you stay within budget. You can soon look forward to a great vacation in Puerto Plata and not have to worry about breaking the bank.