Flights are one of the biggest expenses on any trip along with a hotel stay. With all the tips and tricks in the world to save money on flights, once you drop at the airport, the un-calculated and at times unplanned expenses just crop up!
5 Airport Expenses To Avoid
There are few expenses that can be avoided by careful planning and there are few that cannot be avoided. The list below is my take on what all airport expenses can be avoided:
#1. Snacks At Airport:
Reached airport early and now feeling hungry? That’s the exact reason there are food malls at airports but are they pocket-friendly?
The food will always cost more at airports, for various reasons,
Well, instead of going for the full meal, look for some snacks that will keep your stomach quiet till you reach your destination.
It will be every better if you foresaw this situation and carried some sandwiches and fruits or your favorite snack with you.
The better way is to get a free credit/debit card that offers complimentary Airport Lounge access. Just arrive at the airport early, check-in your stuff, and head to the free airport lounge.
#2. Airport Cab
Getting an Uber or any other transport to reach airport is the first thing that occures, but can we save on this one?
We do have to reach the airport, so look for other options like:
Request a friend to drop you and you can do the same when he needs a drop… win-win
Check the local transport like Metro or Public Bus. It may not be very convenient if you are traveling with lots of luggage though.
#3. Currency exchange at Airport
When visiting a foreign country, it’s always advisable to carry some foreign currency. Do this from your own country, there are many currency exchange services that will give you much better rates than the Airport currency exchange service.
If you somehow land in a foreign country without its currency, evaluate the option of getting the currency exchange once you are out of the airport.
If it’s not possible, exchange a small amount at the airport and look for better options outside.
#4. Buying Simcard at Airport
Well, being connected is one of the basic needs nowadays. You will find many sim card providers at the airport, try to avoid them.
You will get better plans from vendors in the local market than at airports.
#5. Buying gifts/souvenirs from Airport
Well, you should definitely carry some souvenirs but better buy them from the local market. The gifts, sweets, or any other stuff will cost a lot more at Airports
There are times when we just cannot save money, but do make it a habit to look for alternatives. Airports being one of the most costly market place, try avoding buying stuff from there.
Trips to and from the airport can also be costly as most of the time airports are located out of the city, check for options here as well.
Should we buy stuff from duty-free at ariport?
There are some opinions that duty-free stuff is usually not something that we need, it’s more of luxury stuff. But some of the duty-free stuff can really save you money if you have a taste for it. eg: Scotch or other foreign drinks.