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    Posted September 9, 2013 by
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    100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips

    Vacation Bargaining

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Jamie11d says before she made the decision to live abroad, one of the many pieces of advice she got from her sister was to negotiate prices. The former Houston, Texas, resident who is now living Doha, Qatar, says living overseas is a lot different from living in the states. 'I kept her advice in mind while visiting small shops and markets in Doha. Even though it made me feel a bit uncomfortable at first, I started to put her advice to work not only in Doha but in other cities I visited. Anytime I save money on a purchase it gives me a feeling of empowerment. The more I save the better I feel,' she said. She says one of her favorite purchases she made while traveling was a hand carved statue from Abu Dhabi. " It was originally selling for about $300 (USD). He ended up knocking down the price to $175 because I also bought a scarf,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Anytime I travel abroad, I remember that prices are not always set in stone. I bargain with small businesses and vendors in order to get the best prices when I’m away. Bargaining was not something that I was used to doing in America, but I quickly learned that it’s a great way to get more for less. I’ve cut deals everywhere from Christmas markets in France, to souqs in the Middle East, and even small water sports companies have offered deals. On a recent weekend getaway to Abu Dhabi, I got an extra hour of free jet skiing, and I saved on a handmade silk scarf and statue. You won’t always save a lot with one vendor, but the more you shop and do while on vacation, the more you will get for your money. It all adds up in the end.

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