Friday, 18 January 2013

On the Ground--The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal—Negotiating for great deals is a fun part of travel and expected in many countries.  However, haggle too hard and you will soon be persona non grata in the marketplace.  Spend too much and you will become a potential mark.  If you learn to strike a balance between spendthrift and sucker, you will have friends in the host community for many years to come.  Think about how much you spend in an average weekend back home.  I always like to pay a little extra for those unique, one-of-a-kind items, e.g., crafts, paintings, and sculptures (provided it will fit into your luggage or that it can be shipped), that will remind you of a great trip and enliven your home décor for many years to come.

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