Ask most people what they’d do if they had more disposable income and they'll say the same thing. They’d travel more. There are so many places to see. It takes a lifetime to cover every country, and multiple lifetimes to get to all their incredible cities.
One of the most effective ways to travel to a lot of places at a good price is by taking a cruise. A cruise has everything you want out of a vacation: facilities to help you relax, entertainment to keep you busy, and multiple stops at different locations.
But even a cruise can end up costing you more than you anticipated. There are some simple ways to keep your expenses at a minimum while still making the most of your cruise.
Take The Right Credit Card
Most of us are pretty blasé about our international credit card usage. It’s a lot easier to spend overseas now that we don’t have to worry about visiting a bureau de change at every stop. Simply swipe your card and it’s all taken care of.
However, credit card fees can add up quickly, especially when you're traveling from one country to the next. By finding the best credit card for international travel, you'll save a lot of cash that can go towards your next trip.
That’s far from the only benefit. Good travel credit cards earn you points for every dollar you spend. They have bespoke rewards for spending both overseas and on travel itself. The more you travel, the more points you have for your next trip.
Make Use of Drink Packages
Even if you're not a big drinker, chances are you'll make an exception while on a cruise. The reason? Everyone is doing it, and there’s a huge appeal. Sitting by the pool with a cocktail in your hand is the picture of perfection. But cocktails on a cruise will cost you an arm and a leg.
In addition to alcoholic drink packages, see if there are packages for non-alcoholic drinks. Although they don’t seem all that expensive, you will want a drink in your hand most of the time. Sitting in the sun, you'll find yourself ordering one drink after another just to keep hydrated. Your bill for the “cheap” non-alcoholic drinks will shock you by the end.
Eat On Board
When you stop for an excursion, it’s very tempting to try a local restaurant or two. But unless you're buying street food, you're not having the cultural experience you might expect. Instead, you end up paying extortionate amounts for food that has been dulled down to cater to your tastes.
Since there is such good food on board, skip the urge to visit restaurants on shore. They're tourist traps, that will drain your funds while you could be eating the food you've already paid for.
You can save thousands this way, without missing out on much. If you really want a taste of local culture, try the street food. Just be careful and don’t go for the most common food poisoning offenders.