You’ve worked hard for months on end and are finally headed off to a much-deserved vacation. The beaches, sun-kissed pools, and water activities are calling out your name, and you can’t wait to spend all day lounging around, sipping cocktails. But wait, we forgot something – your travel shopping plans!
No vacation can be complete without visiting unique, quaint markets and local bazaars. These places have the most amazing goods to carry back home in memory of the wonderful time you spent. Here are some helpful tips to shop on vacation!
1. Set a Spending Limit
Shopping on vacation is somehow even more fun than your usual shopping trips back at home. There are different markets you can explore and a whole new world of things to buy. Even if you end up finding branches of stores you usually shop in, the chances are that they’ll have different varieties and designs of goods that you can’t wait to get your hands on.
While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some travel shopping, you should be careful about how much you spend. Remember, you’re on vacation to see the world; shopping isn’t your priority here. A great way to ensure you don’t spend too much money shopping and cross your travel budget is by giving yourself a spending limit. Stay within this limit so you can have new goodies and continue to enjoy different activities on your vacation too!
2. Check Your Size
Clothes and shoes are among the most shopped goods, whether you’re headed to the stores in your home country or a new destination. However, a major problem that you might face while travel shopping is picking the right sizes.
There is a vast difference between American and European sizes. Moreover, apparel sizing can vary from store to store, making it more complicated to find dresses and shoes that fit you perfectly. It is smart to try on everything before buying it. You should also know your measurements beforehand and tally them to the clothes you’re interested in buying in case a store doesn’t have trying rooms.
3. Don’t Forget the Souvenirs
Who doesn’t love buying souvenirs when traveling abroad? These little goodies may seem simple, but they serve as memorabilia for the amazing time you had discovering new food, visiting gorgeous cities, and relaxing under the warm sun. Be it a fridge magnet, a cup, or even a cultural piece; you should definitely pick out souvenirs when you’re traveling.
P.S these little goods also make amazing gifts for travelers. If you’re a part of a traveling group or have friends who enjoy touring new countries, souvenirs would make the perfect present to offer them on your return!
4. Consider Your Luggage Space
Lastly, you should remember to only buy as much as you can carry. Make sure you have sufficient space in your luggage to hold all of your newly-bought goods. If you’re a shopping enthusiast, you should consider packing light on your way to the travel destination. You can also carry a smaller suitcase inside your larger one, so you have more space available for your shopped goods!