Stick to public transportation
Kind of a no-brainer, but it’s always good to be reminded that taxis are where budgets go to die; they should be avoided unless it’s late at night, you’re alone, or you don't know where the hell you’re going. Instead, experience local life by taking the bus or metro. Be sure to get an unlimited ride transportation pass too. Even if you are going just for a few days, if you plan to zig-zag across a city, it can still save you money.
Matthew Kepnes is a travel writer and author of The New York Times best-selling book How to Travel the World on $50 A Day and the creative force behind Nomadic Matt, a website that provides detailed information on how to travel cheaper, better, and longer. His advice has appeared in Time, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Lifehacker, Buzzfeed, National Geographic, BBC, and many other publications.