Vacations are great...

Until you get home and you realize that you didn't stick to your budget. 

So, here are 5 tips to avoid a financial hangover because getting back to real life is hard enough.

TIP 1: DOUBLE CHECK LOCATION

The first tip is simple enough, check the location of the place that you are planning on staying to make sure that it's not too far out of the way. Staying somewhere accessible can help prevent the build up of travel fees.

TIP 2: BOOK MID-WEEK FLIGHTS 

The second is also one to do before you start to book your vacation -- look for a flight mid-week since those flights tend to be cheaper.

TIP 3: AVOID FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEES

The third? Don't use credit cards to withdraw cash from an ATM! It doesn't matter if you are using a credit card with no foreign transaction fees -- you don't want to get stuck with a huge cash withdrawal fee when you next go to pay your credit card bill.

TIP 4: STAY AWAY TOURIST SPOTS

The fourth is pretty straightforward. Try to avoid eating at restaurants located near tourist destinations as they tend to be overpriced. Instead, take the opportunity and wander to find a place that doesn't up the prices simply because of its location. 

TIP 5: USE RIDE-SHARING APPS

And, finally, the fifth tip is to use ride-sharing apps or public transportation when possible to save money on traveling expenses. 

And there you go. Now you just have to cope with returning to real life, but at least you stuck to your budget. 

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