10) Forget about Souvenirs
It’s tempting to splash the cash on souvenirs when you have a once in a lifetime experience and visit a magical place you know you’ll probably never see again. Everybody wants to take something home to remember their trip by but don’t get fenced in by the tourist trap when buying your vacation trinkets. Well-trodden tourist attractions always hike up the price of local goods, knowing that tourists will pay it. Souvenirs being sold at famous sights, museum shops, or stalls set up next to the beach can be double, triple, or even quadruple the price of those sold at a local market or even in the supermarket. Keep your wits about you and don’t be fooled by claims that souvenirs are hand-made or that the proceeds are going to fund local community initiatives without any proof of the fact. Buying Fairtrade and locally-made souvenirs is a great way to give back to the place you’re visiting but beware of spending fifty bucks on a purse only to find a “Made in China” label inside.
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