How to Haggle Whilst Abroad
When travelling abroad, chances are you will come across shops, stalls and independent craftspeople that have a wide variety of things on offer. Purchasing souvenirs and trinkets from each country you visit may not be a practical idea if you are visiting many countries at a time; however the art of haggling is a valuable skill to learn. Whether you're after a good deal on your accommodation, clothes, restaurant or food bill, here are our top tips for getting the best deal for your money while abroad:
Remember it is always worth haggling whether you are at home or abroad, the worst that can happen is that they say no, you've got nothing to lose! If you found this tips and advice article to be helpful, why not help others to save money and learn the art of haggling abroad by sharing this article using the social share links.
- Get the best exchange rate before you travel - if you do this, you will have more money to play with.
- Always ask for a discount - if you are a student, discount cards can be used abroad as well as in the UK, with many museums and entertainment offering a discount or even free entry on presentation of your card. If you're not a student, you may be able to get a discount during certain times or on particular days.
- Research the item - is it being offered for a fair price? If you know that you can get a top for a lower price at the stall or shop over the road, then say so. Research the true cost of the item before you purchase to save yourself being ripped off.
- Getting an upgrade - if you know of someone, such as a tour guide in the city who is a regular at a restaurant or knows the staff behind the hotel reception, make the most of it. You'd be surprised what a difference getting them to ask for you could be!
- Don't look too interested - salesmen can smell a small amount of interest a mile off. A little too long while lingering, looking more than once at the product, showing it to others are all clear signs but also watch out for facial expressions such as a small smile or a raise of the eyebrow.
- Know what others are selling it for - if there are many stalls selling the same kind of thing, have a look at what their prices are.
- Have a budget - and say you have less than that. For example if something is £100, tell the seller that your budget is £80 and see what happens! They might be able to give you a great deal.
- Be aware of seller tactics - if you get stopped in the street and offered a free sample of a product alongside some chit chat about the weather, it is far easier for the seller to entice you in to his shop and persuade you to buy more. Be aware of your situation and surroundings.