7 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Haggle (Where Appropriate)

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4. Haggle (Where Appropriate)

While in some cultures the price is the price, in many other cultures around the world it is totally socially acceptable (and even expected) to negotiate for a lower price on market goods, souvenirs, taxi rides and even sometimes hotel rooms. In these places, the vendor will quote you a high price and he will expect you to counter it until you both meet in the middle at something more reasonable. It takes some practice, but you will get the hang of it after a while.

Before you go to a country, find out whether that country has a tradition of haggling – for example it is fine to haggle in Thailand or India but not in the UK. Also, although it might be acceptable to haggle in markets and for cheap accommodation it might not be okay to try to negotiate the price of marked goods in a grocery store or convenience store in a mall.