I am sure we have all experienced it. You step out of the airport or onto the beach and you affronted with a mass of souvenir sellers toting their wares. Now it's not that you're not interested, in fact some of the items look quite nice, but you are here on holiday and all you want to do right now is relax.
So how do you avoid the endless harassment and still get a good bargain on some souvenirs when you do want buy some. Here's something I learned a few years back I was backpacking around Malawi. Maybe it'll work for you on your next trip.
I had headed up to Cape Maclear for a chilled New Years and sure enough I was barely out of the taxi when I was offered salad spoons, necklaces and the like. Not the relaxing break I'd envisaged. I politely told each vendor in turn that his goods were very nice, but I would be there all week and would definitely purchase some items before I left. And so they left me alone. Each day as I walked down the street I would greet them and have a brief look at their wares before continuing on my way. This really was quite an enjoyable exercise.
Then on my last day, when I knew how much I had left over to spend on gifts I went to each vendor and selected a few items. The best part was that without having to haggle, each one offered me a really good price. I knew this because fellow travelers I'd met earlier in the week had paid much more. And so I got my souvenirs at a good price and a harassment free week on the lake. The holiday was perfect, just as I'd imagined it.
Cherelle | May 14, 2009 | Category: Travel Tips