On your timeshare travels, especially in Europe, undoubtedly, you will want to take advantage of the opportunity to shop. So, where do you find the best deals or bargains? After all, that’s one part of the fun of shopping. Isn’t it?
If you want to get the most for each dollar you spend, certain countries offer this type of benefit. Souvenirs can be bought in some countries at outstandingly low prices, such as Greece, Turkey, Portugal, and Spain.
Of course, while your travels may not take you to the aforementioned destinations, you can still find some excellent buys at flea markets throughout Europe. Check out such markets, for example, in Amsterdam (Waterlooplein) and Madrid (El Rastro).
While you can discover some good finds, keep in mind though that you can also get ripped off – by pickpockets. Therefore, when shopping in Europe, take the necessary precautions. Don’t allow your handbag to hang casually at your side.
Also, don’t keep your wallet in your hip pocket. Better to carry a money belt and make sure that you are not carrying any bag that’s an easy mark for thieves.
If you are scouting for souvenirs, avoid buying them in a shop that caters to tourists. It’s better to patronize larger department stores in the country you are visiting. Such stores will usually offer mementoes and knick-knacks at far lower prices.
However, you don’t want to be too enthused about shopping for souvenirs, or you’ll spend too much money. Remember to temper you inclination to impulse buy if you want to reap any type of savings. It might help to schedule your shopping for a designated time in the day.
Make it a part of your travel itinerary. That way, you won’t consume most of your time with shopping. You’ll learn to appreciate the things you buy more if you set some time aside for this particular activity.
So, what are the type of things that are the best buys when you are shopping in Europe? Look at handmade or local crafts – things you won’t find easily over the Internet or at home. For example, you might choose a hand-knitted sweater in Ireland, or a lace doily in Belgium.
Look for unique items that will make shopping a fun-filled excursion. And, if you can find such items at bargain prices, then, needless to say, your time shopping in Europe will indeed make your trip all that much more memorable and worthwhile.