Tips for shopping while on vacation
If you are visiting Los Cabos, don’t miss our folk art, a colorful and uniquely Mexican shopping experience.
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but sometimes you just want something tangible to take home with you to remember an incredible trip. But space in your suitcase is prime real estate, so whatever it is you plan on lugging home better be worth the extra weight. These easy-to-follow tips will help you determine what’s worth hauling home and what’s better left behind.
When shopping on vacation, it makes sense to use a credit card or a debit card for all but the smallest purchases. Using plastic money allows you to get preferred exchange rates.
A budget travel axiom: it’s almost always advisable to keep currency exchanges to a minimum while on a trip. Every exchange costs you money — and you get very little in return.
Even if you’re buying within your home country, using plastic gives you some options in the event your purchase proves defective or your service turns into a scam.
It must be said that if you use a credit card, be sure to pay off the monthly totals and avoid interest charges. If you can do that, save the cash for small purchases or for those transactions in which plastic money is declined.
Exploring big stores lets you see what the fashions are like in the country you’re visiting, and it gives you a different perspective on the country and it’s people.
If you’re a real shopper… you probably just love shopping someplace new!
Shopping on vacation can be awesome (great finds, fun times) or it can be awful (hours and money wasted). To maximize your chances of greatness, there are a few simple things you can do.
There are supermarkets now all over the world in addition to small local markets. It’s fun to look at local grocery items and see what else is for sale.
We also shop for interesting items that will make fun gifts for friends and relatives at home. The amber earrings that we bought in Gdansk will make great gifts for my nieces come Christmas.
Pick a day and walk into the major stores to see what they have available. Your focus should be on testing out the clothes and shoes to get your actual size as clothing and foot wear sizes vary across the continents.
If you coincidentally stumble across something you want, you can just buy it and move on.
While you’re out and about, take your time and window shop as you might just bump into something that’s not readily available online.
Handcrafted cotton clothing, and silver serving pieces and jewelry can be found around town. The tasteful collections are displayed on tables where they beg to be touched, are hung on the walls, and are even suspended overhead from the trees.
Get all the essentials before you travel
Before you start your journey make a list of products, you will require. It includes toiletries, clothes, bag and luggage, non-prescribed medications, any maps, and books. Make certain everything is as light and small as possible.
Shopping at your holiday destination
1. While buying a handicraft or any other thing, ensure it is distinct, and you will not get the same in your city handicraft stores. If the item is readily available in a neighboring shop, there is no need to acquire it unless it is available at rock-bottom prices.
2. For bulky items, we recommend you to go shopping buy the items and ask the merchant to post them for you. While buying, the items verify if they have a center to pack and post it from the counter itself. Also, assess if it will be cost efficient to buy a product and get it posted to your home. Commonly the global freight charges are too high. So compare the price of your purchase and the shipping cost with the expense of product in a local shop.
Leave space in your suitcase
When I traveled to Cabo earlier this year, I fought the urge to pack most of her wardrobe. “Usually, I’m a chronic overpacker, But for this trip, I intentionally tried to leave space in my suitcase because I knew I was going to want to shop.”
Even when I give in to my instincts, I have a back-up plan: “Whenever I end up packing too much, I always end up making my fiancé carry some of my stuff home.” Lacking such a ready co-conspirator? Stash a zippered overnighter at the bottom of your suitcase.
Give yourself permission
“Unless you’re blowing a lot of money, it is nice to open your closet and see something that reminds you of an amazing trip, You don’t have to buy a million more shorts or swimsuits on vacation—that’s what day-to-day shopping is for. If you find a vintage beaded cocktail dress or a handmade tapestry on the streets of Cabo, give yourself permission: Go for it.
Take your time
Usually, the best discoveries happen when you’re just wandering around. I’ve stumbled upon many a find while I was simply ambling through a cool neighborhood. This is also where most of my favorite pieces have come from.
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“When we lived in Cape Town, my fiancé and I bought this three-and-a-half foot owl sculpture that doesn’t fit in any box that we could have shipped it home in. It didn’t fit in any box I could find. We had to carry it home on the plane all the way back from Cape Town. The size of a toddler, basically. Very impractical, but it’s a total treasure, and I love it. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever bought on any trip.”