This week’s travel tip is about saving a few shekels when traveling. For our business traveler audience you all know that sometimes it is nice to grab a trinket or two for your kids. Same goes when you are on vacation. And there is no shortage of overpriced souvenir shops. I suggest you skip the pricey swag in souvenir shop and find yourself a big box store to save a few bucks.
Usually we focus in on a specific travel topic for our weekly Travel Tip Tuesday posts. However, for theÂ month of October we are winging it! Anything goes! Each Tuesday we will do a deep dive into something travel related but unlike most months we could land anywhere…be sure toÂ read all of the preceding Travel Tip Tuesday’s here.Â
Travel Tip Tuesday #40 – Skip the Souvenir Shop and find a Walmart
Airport souvenir shops are notoriously expensive! Samesies with Hotel gifts shops or prettyÂ much any gifts or souvenir shop. Usually crazy expensive.
As someone who travelers for work quite I bit I like to snag the occasional trinket for my kids. I don’t do it on every trip, but occasionally it is fun to surprise the kiddos with something from Maine or South Dakota or Poland or wherever I am traveling for work.
However, to save some money IÂ will try to visit a local Walmart or other similar store and buy something local there (like a I Heart NYC shirt or a South Dakota magnet).
I don’t always do this. Sometimes the trinket is unique enough to buy it from a specific gift shop, but often it’s not. You could spend 25.00 for a “What happens in Vegas” shirt at the MGM gift shop or swing over to a local Target and snag it for $12.00.
Often it pretty much the same thing.
And yeah, I get it, some of you will gripe that I am not supporting local business and to a certain extent that is true. But that is NOT true if you are comparing an airport convenience shop or Hilton gift shop (not a small company, right?) to something you snagged at Kmart (although..haha…is Kmart a small business these days??? Too Soon??? HA..).
That said, I do make an effort to find locally owned businesses whenever it makes sense,Â but I certainly don’t limit myself to only those. Especially when you have 4 kids! (Like I do).
So, next time you are traveling (for work or pleasure) save a few bucks and pick up that souvenir somewhere other than the place selling $4.00 candy bars.
Speaking of buying gifts, Christmas is just around the corner…we’ve got you covered in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers….you are welcome.
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