Strapped For Cash? Here’s How To Save Money When Visiting Another Country

Nov 27, 2013 by

Strapped For Cash? Here’s How To Save Money When Visiting Another Country

Visiting another country can be a great experience, though most people are often limited by their budget in terms of what they can do once they get there. Though it might seem like an issue at first, the problem of things being too expensive can actually be dealt with in a relatively easy way. This is because there are in fact several tactics you can use, so your spending money is sure to go a long way, once you’re in another country.

Take Advantage of a Favourable Exchange Rate

If you’ve not yet booked your trip abroad, and have the option to choose when it comes to picking your destination, it might be a good idea to pick a country with a favourable exchange rate. This will only work once you’re in the country however, and so though it might not help you with getting cheaper tickets to Israel, it might make things cheaper once you’re there.

Finding these countries can be done easily through a quick internet search, and you’ll be able to discover the places that are able to provide you the best value for money, on what you first thought was a limited budget. Be careful though, as exchange rates can change pretty quickly, and so you’ll need to move fast in order to take advantage of any currency differences you’ve noticed.

Use Public Transport

No matter where you visit, the cost of taxis can often be high. This can especially be the case if you’re visiting a place where the locals know tourists are abundant. They’ll often charge higher prices as a result, knowing that you can afford it, thanks to any benefits you might experience due to the differentials in exchange rates. It might therefore be a good idea to take a look at what you can do, in order to use the public transport systems available. These often charge the same prices to everyone, and once you’ve overcome any initial language barriers, you should find that they’re actually quite easy to use, and don’t differ that much to the public transport systems at home.

Eat at Cheap Places

Eating out at restaurants can often add up, and so you should take some time to find cheaper places to eat, or even think about making your own food. If you can, find out which local restaurants are in the area, and see if they offer any sort of deals on any particular nights. You might be surprised to find out that some of the more expensive restaurants, are actually affordable during the weekdays, when they’re less busy, but still looking to fill their tables.

Enjoy the Unknown Attractions

Some of the more popular attractions in a country could require high entrance fees in order for you to experience them. This could add to your costs when travelling abroad. You might therefore want consider checking out some of the lesser known sights available, where an entrance fee doesn’t cost as much, or maybe isn’t even required. Check out what’s on offer by reading some of travel guides based on the location you’re visiting, and maybe even ask some of the locals if there are any hidden gems worth investigating.

How to Live Like a King

Travel is often thought of as something that’s expensive. After all think of all those expenses you’re going to have to cover, like food and transport!

Regardless, there are ways to stop yourself from becoming a victim of the high prices that most people find themselves struggling with, when travelling abroad. As long as you take advantage of these relatively unknown solutions, you’ll be able to live like a king on the budget of a peasant.

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The Pros and Cons of Living on a Narrowboat

Aug 22, 2013 by

The Pros and Cons of Living on a Narrowboat

The life aboard a narrowboat is certainly one that brings romantic images of living free and unbound. This is especially true for a narrowboat since it is not subject to many of the taxes and charges as compared to living in a traditional home. However, such a life aboard a narrowboat also comes with complications as well.

Today, roughly 15,000 people in Britain live aboard narrowboats along the inland waterways that are mostly run by the British government. Of the 32,000 boats that are licensed for use, roughly 6,500 are used as homes. These figures are estimates since some who live aboard narrowboats do not report their status to the government.

To understand all the advantages and disadvantages, it is best to start with why

What is Narrowboat Living?

Essentially, your residence is aboard a “narrowboat” that is moored to a pier or the side of a canal. More people in Britain are living aboard narrowboats because they offer certain tax advantages and are not subject to many of the local fees. However, life aboard a narrowboat is not all about advantages as they are subject to conditions that traditional houses avoid.

The question for many who live in Britain is whether the advantages of living aboard a narrowboat outweigh the disadvantages.

What are the Advantages to Living on a Narrowboat?

Avoid Paying for a Home: Certainly one of the biggest attractions is that narrowboats are generally much less expensive than paying for a home. This has been a great enticement to living on the waters.

Not Subject to Traditional Taxes & Housing Fees: All the local fees and taxes that homes are subject to generally do not apply to narrowboats simply because they use few of the services that the taxes are applied.

Mobility: You can choose to live where you want and move your boat to new locations if you wish. This means that you are not stuck to a single place.

What are the Disadvantages of Living on a Narrowboat?

Cost of the Boat: A traditional narrowboat can cost upwards of £30,000 if it is built for a couple. That price is also subject to the age and overall condition of the boat as well.

Fees, License, Insurance & Taxes: Despite avoiding many of the taxes that traditional houses are subject, you still pay the mooring fee which can be up to £12,000 a year in London, although mooring in the north of the country can be as little as £2,000 annually. Plus, there is the Band A council tax which can apply also. To license your narrowboat with the government costs nearly £900 per year for boats up to 58’ in length. Plus, there are insurance costs that are mandatory in many localities, not to mention the maintenance costs of the boat as well.

Winter: While living aboard a narrowboat in the spring, summer and early fall can be quite pleasurable, winter can take a hard toll on those who stay aboard. When canals freeze over, lugging about coal and emptying toilets can be quite trying indeed.

What is most important in weighing the costs of living aboard a narrowboat is that it should be seen as a lifestyle choice and not viewed as a less expensive alternative to living in traditional housing. Those that enjoy living in narrowboats do so because it suits their lifestyle.

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