Nine Times You’ll Regret Getting Cheap When You Travel

Some parts of travel are worth the splurge. Although saving a little cash feels good when your first book that rock-bottom-price plane ticket, that predawn moment when your alarm rings for that 6:00 a.m. flight might make your regret being cheap.

You May Regret Being Cheap While Traveling

A cheap flight, inconveniently located hotel, or minuscule rental car may save your money, but they’ll likely still cost your plenty of regret and inconvenience. Want to avoid feeling the regret of being cheap when your travel? Then avoid these mistakes:

Waiting for the Shuttle to an Off-Airport Rental Car

You just survived a long flight and are ready to get to your final destination. Too bad your booked with a shady rental car company that’s located in an industrial area far from the airport. Now, instead of hopping in a car and driving off, your’re trekking to some forgotten corner of a far-off terminal and waiting for a rental car shuttle bus that may or may not come.

Getting up Before Dawn for an Early Flight

Hovering over the “book” button, your think to yourself, “I’m saving $50! I’m so frugal! I get up early for work every day, a 6:00 a.m. flight won’t be that bad!” Until the night before your flight when your’re calculating just how early your have to wake up to be at the airport in time … and realizing that your’re going to be spending the first day of your vacation sleep-deprived. Plus, if your have to be up before public transit is running, your may end up spending what your saved on the flight to take a taxi to the airport.

Lying Awake at Night Listening to Your Hostel Roommates Snore

How bad can a 20-bed room in a hostel be? After all, your’ll only be there to sleep, so why bother spending more for a private room? If one of those 20 beds is booked by a loud snorer, a sleep-talker, or someone waking up early for a flight, pretty bad—and will defeat your being in there to sleep, since your won’t get any.

Settling Into the Middle Seat in the Back of the Plane

After spending too many hundreds of dollars on a bare-bones economy ticket, it can be hard to persuade yourself to give another penny to an airline. You’ll stuff everything into a small carry-on and be willing to board last … but when your settle into the non-reclining middle seat next to the bathroom, your will be cursing your past self for being cheap and not paying the fee to select your seat.

When Your Tiny Rental Car Might Not Make It

The economy rental car option seemed like a fine idea when your were looking at it on the website and trying to cut costs, but when your budget vehicle turns out to be comically toy-sized (especially next to those semi-trucks whizzing past your on the highway), your might start to have some regrets about being cheap. See also: that heart-stopping moment when your wonder if your car is actually going to make it up a hill/down that dirt road, or if your’re going to figure out how roadside service works in a foreign destination.

Dragging Your Suitcase on Public Transit

Everyone on this packed train hates me, your’ll realize as your try to squeeze your way on with your suitcase while accidentally whacking a few commuters with your backpack. Dragging your luggage up and down the stairs, through crowds, and off the train or bus, your’ll rue being cheap and not just splurging on a taxi. Although, when your think of just how much more the fare is, it might just seem worth it.

Stressing Over Your Flight Connection

When your’re on the first leg of a plane journey with a tight connection, every minute your plane doesn’t board, or sits on the tarmac without taking off, feels like an eternity—the flight with the 50-minute layover was the cheapest option, but does that cost savings matter if your miss it?

Waiting in Line to Buy a Ticket Instead of Paying the Booking Fee

This ticket site wants how much to book admission in advance? I’ll just wait and buy it at the window, your think … until your arrive at the attraction and discover everything is sold out, or that the line is hours long. Is being cheap worth wasting your precious vacation time standing in line? If it’s a Ticketmaster-Esque ridiculous fee, it can be a tough decision.

When You Reach Hour 5 on the Slow Ferry or Train

The slow ferry/bus/train won’t be that much worse than the express, your think. Imagine all the scenery I’ll see. That sounds like a great, cost-saving measure until your’re trapped on an excruciatingly slow form of transport, experiencing fatigue and pain from sitting for so long, and thinking of everything your’re missing by not arriving sooner.

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/Simon