One of the features that makes a cruise very appealing to many travelers is that you can enjoy a nice vacation while remaining within your budget. Most cruises are all-inclusive, meaning that your accommodations, meals and a great deal of entertainment are all included in the cost of the cruise, so once you pay for the cruise your expenses are fairly limited. But the second you take your first step into a port of call, the cost can begin to grow very rapidly. However, following a few simple tips can help to reduce your out of pocket expenses when you explore these exciting new places without putting a damper on your experience.
Pack a Snack and Water
It doesn’t take very long for you to work up a thirst as you explore the town on foot. And the longer you walk the more tempting the drinks look, even at the greatly inflated tourist rate. Trying a tropical refresher for $10 begins to sound very appealing. But the sugar and fruit juice will only make you crave more and won’t help your thirst or ward of dehydration very well. The affordable and healthy solution is to bring a water bottle with you from the cruise ship. Hopefully, you brought a refillable bottle with you when you left home so that you can remain hydrated and healthy throughout your adventure. But if not, grabbing a bottle of water before you leave the ship is a very good idea. In addition, grab a piece of fruit to snack on while you explore the sights. And remember that dinner on the ship is already paid for so try to avoid stopping for a meal on the way back to the dock.
Almost every port that cruise ships visit offers beautiful scenery and an abundance of nature that you can enjoy for free. Take advantage of being able to hike into a natural area, walk on the beach or even spend a few hours snorkeling if you are visiting a tropical oasis. You can also explore the city, take in a park and enjoy the architecture while you immerse yourself in the true culture of the city away from the tourist attractions.
Take Home Memories
Everyone travels with a smartphone these days and that means that you have a very compact but serviceable camera as well. Take home photos of your adventure and not trinkets that will soon be lost or broken. And each photo will be far more personal and meaningful than any hat, shirt or coffee mug that you purchase. When you get home, treat yourself to a digital picture frame so that you can enjoy your photos and add to them after each vacation.
Cruises are a very budget-friendly option for many travelers. And you can choose to make exploring the wonderful new culture at each port cost effective as well, while still creating a bounty of wonderful memories.