There’s a viral saying that goes,

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

But have you always read the quote and reacted like this:


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Don’t worry – as avid travellers ourselves, we totally get your woes! That’s why we’ve compiled these 10 useful tips for you to keep your travel expenses in check. 😉

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1. Here’s how to book the best affordable flights

The best bet to scoring cheap airfare is travelling during off-peak seasons! For instance, flights and accommodation rates in Greece tend to be cheaper in spring or autumn.

But what if you only have the shoulder seasons to travel? Fret not – airlines often have good online promotions that you should always keep an eye out for! Even better if you’ve already set your mind on your preferred destination months in advance, so you can jump on offers any time they appear on your social media feeds 😊

If you have any safety hesitations on booking that budget flight, prepare for rainy days by purchasing travel insurance. Now, we know that sounds contradictory to keeping your expenses low, but this actually ensures you avoid incurring extra charges while booking your flight!

Furthermore, travel insurance helps alleviate your loss in any unforeseen circumstances. We highly recommend Changi Recommends’ HyfeAssure insurance as you can get instant claims from their counters in Changi Airport!

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P.S. Find out more hacks to score cheap flights here!

2. Making the ultimate decision: SIM Card VS Wi-Fi

Some of us need Wi-Fi to connect with our loved ones at home, while others are simply social media junkies. Whether it’s to post your travels on Instagram or to navigate with Google Maps, Wi-Fi has become a travel essential, and deciding where to get yours can really affect your expenses!

The question is, should you get a SIM Card or a portable Wi-Fi router? While both are readily offered by Changi Recommends, you should do your research before deciding which is best for your destination. For instance, it will be cheaper to get ChangiWiFi if you’re going to Japan or Korea as you’ll get unlimited data from SGD$5 per day with a minimum rental period of 4 days!

#HHWT Tip: Check out their different data plans for various countries here! It’ll also be wise to rent from providers like Changi Recommends which offer 24-hour technical support and collection at Changi Airport.

3. Share your data plans with travel buddies!

With unlimited data plans, cutting down on travel expenses is so much easier. Simply share the cost for one router with friends and you spend less on Wi-Fi.


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#HHWT Tip: ChangiWiFi’s portable routers can connect up to 6 devices at once (for optimal speed). This means you’ll probably only need to spend from as low as 80 cents on Wi-Fi per day!

4. Kick-start your budget right from the planning phase

It always benefits budget travellers to plan every detail of your adventure, as spontaneous as we’d love to be 😉 When sketching out your itinerary, create an excel sheet for your estimated daily expenses! This should consist of transportation fees, accommodation, meals and others.


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#HHWT Tip: Use online travel planners such as TripPlanner to ease the process! Don’t know where to start? Simply select the ‘Bespoke Itinerary’ option on the website, answer a few simple questions, and hit ‘Submit’. All that’s left for you to do is wait for their team of travel experts to craft a personalized itinerary just for you.

Additionally, you could download useful mobile apps to track your expenditure while you’re there. Taking these useful steps in your planning phase will help you limit your spending to only the necessities, but it doesn’t mean you need to completely avoid shopping or splurging on meals! Planning should also give you some allowance to treat yourself – just make sure it doesn’t happen often 😉


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5. Choose street food to cut down on meals!


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The most affordable of meals are usually found on the streets and lucky for you, that means trying out more local delicacies! Not only do you cut down on your food bills, you get to experience dining like a local.


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We know it might be hard to find halal local street food though ☹️ Other than referring to our halal food guides for tips, why not cook your own meals while you’re abroad? After all, the cost of a restaurant meal often equates to a week’s worth of groceries and home-cooked meals.

#HHWT Tip: Cooking your own meals doesn’t mean you have to miss out on local flavours! Use your ChangiWiFi to find the nearest supermarkets for halal authentic local ingredients and spices.

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6. Do your research on local transportation options


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Transportation systems differ across countries and your preferred mode can really make or break your budget goals. In cities such as Japan, the most common modes of transportation are the public buses, trains and subways, because they’re much more affordable than taking taxis.

When travelling across different cities, find out if there are special tourist travel passes, such as the JR Pass. These often come at exclusive discounted prices for tourists!

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7. Keep an eye out for tourist price hikes!

That said, we tend to get so caught up with snagging supposedly discounted tourist passes that we fail to realize when some of them are actually more expensive!

When contemplating over which tourist passes you should purchase, analyse the details carefully beforehand. Sometimes, these passes include admissions that you weren’t even intending to visit. Other times, the pass benefits can limit your plans too much that you end up spending more to make up for where it falls short.


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Some websites such as Changi Recommends offer cheaper door prices to attractions as well as tours. These include open-dated tickets to several theme parks, which can be used on any day of the year – including black-out dates and even when the park is full!

8. Live like a local

Since you’re already in a foreign country, why not live like the locals? Homestays, Airbnbs and hostels offer the perfect opportunity to both save on accommodation and interact with locals!

But before you decide on your location, the most important step is deciding what attractions you’d like to visit and whether you need halal food nearby. Booking your accommodation near these places will help to cut down on unnecessary transportation costs to get to your destinations.

#HHWT Tip: As there’s a risk of Wi-Fi portable routers provided by lodgings being unreliable, we highly recommend renting your own over here!

9. Speak like the locals


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Part of the fun in planning your trip is learning bits of the local language! In certain places, salespersons are more inclined to give you discounts if you bargain or establish good relations by speaking their language. And what better way to improve your skills than immersing yourself in the country? 😎


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Furthermore, in any case of emergency or unexpected circumstances, avoiding miscommunication and unwanted costs is much easier when you are sufficiently proficient in the local language.

10. Find out the best one-stop provider for your trip essentials

When preparing for your trip, you might have to pay delivery charges or travel back and forth to get your trip essentials, which also means you spend a lot of money even before you set off on your adventure 😕


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That’s why it’s crucial that you find a one-stop provider of trip essentials that best suits your needs! Be sure to find one with a 24-hour collection counter in Changi Airport, so that you can get your essentials on the same day that you’re flying off to your destination.


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And yeap you guessed it! With no delivery charges, 24-hour technical support and flexible terms for cancellation and changes, Changi Recommends is one of the providers that offer all the travel essentials you’re looking for.

#HHWT Tip: If you prefer booking your admission tickets, transportation passes and tours offline, you can visit HyfeCafe at Tampines 1 – Singapore’s first ever travel café – to seek help from Changi Recommends’ travel experts!

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So, there you have it – keeping to your trip’s budget is that simple! You just have to conscientiously follow these 10 tips to get the best bargains.


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Go forth, fellow travellers – have the trip of your lifetime without worrying about breaking your bank 😉

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