Flights and lodging make up a big part of your travel budget, but once you reach your destination, transport costs can add up, too. Rather than rent a car or pay for taxis, consider buying a cheap used bike to get around town.
Photo by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious
This fun tip comes from frugal expert Jeff Yeager:
…when I fly someplace where I plan to stay for at least a few days, one of my first stops is at a local thrift store to pick up an inexpensive used bike. I can’t even begin to calculate how much this has saved me in taxi fares, car rentals, and even public transportation over the years. Plus, it’s a great way to get to see and know a place, while squeezing in a little workout at the same time.
Before heading home, Yeager either donates the bike or gives it away to make someone’s day.
Of course, your mileage will vary with this tip. You might not be able to find a cheap bike at any charity stores, for example (you could also try Gumtree, Craigslist or eBay). Not every city is completely bike-friendly, so this tip will work better in some places than others.
There are some obvious limitations, but it’s a fun and frugal possibility for your next holiday.
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