money saving ideas

If you are planning a trip to the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, Alpha Car Hire has some great cash-saving tips to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.

Offering a affordable car hire in Gold Coast  with magnificent savings is just one of the services provided by Alpha Car Hire. They are also able to supply an abundance of information to international visitors.

Cash, Travellers Cheques or Credit Card?

Each of these has its benefits and drawbacks. Obviously, money talks but keeping cash safe is always a challenge.

How much money you have budgeted to spend will help you decide if you need to invest in traveller’s cheques or a credit card designed for overseas expenditure. If you believe you will not spend more than three thousand dollars, then using your own credit card may suffice.

Your bank will be able to offer sound advice relating to your travel needs. To avoid payment delays and possibly embarrassing moments, always advise your bank if you are planning an overseas trip.

Travel Insurance
You may find that this insurance is incorporated into your existing credit card, thus saving you time and money.

Alternatively, if this is not the case it is wise to shop around and read the fine print in every offer to ensure there are no hidden costs or exclusions.

Discount Travel
There are two sure fire ways to get the best deal possible for your holiday.

The first is to plan and book in advance – twelve months is good and obviously beneficial if you have a family to consider transporting.

The second is to wait until within 48 hours of departure and pick up a deal that could save you up to 50% of the original cost. This type of holiday is a gamble so you need to be a bit flexible in your itinerary and even your destination.

Keeping in Contact With Home
This is a trap for many travellers. Not all mobile services offer international roaming so speak with your provider before leaving your country.

As smartphones send and receive data in real time, turning off automatic updates is also recommended.

Duty Free Shopping
It is important to be mindful that even though you may be in a duty free shop not everything available for sale is at a duty free or cheaper price.

Make sure you shop around for the best deal. You may even find that taking advantage of the Tourist Refund Scheme that allows for you to claim the Goods and Services Tax (GST) or Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) is a better way to buy.

Conditions apply so check the TRS FAQ before making any purchases.