DON'T rule out hostels
Most people think that hostels are smelly, bedbug-ridden, and aimed at poor college students. It’s a common stereotype perpetuated on TV and in movies over the years. However, nowadays, most hostels offer a variety of amenities, from pool tables to movie rooms, Xboxes, free computers, and laundry facilities, as well as organized tours, day trips, free Wi-Fi, and small private rooms with bathrooms.
What to do instead: Stay in a hostel! The modern hostel is not just for cheap backpackers but is a hub for likeminded, travel-loving individuals. Here are lists of party hostels, luxury hostels, and the best hostels in the US. Talk about blowing stereotypes out of the water.
DON'T eat near a major tourist site
The food served near any major attraction is usually going to be double the price, and not nearly as tasty or authentic. The reason is simple: when restaurants know customers aren't coming back, they don't worry about quality. And what do tourists know about "authentic" local cuisine anyway, right? They're just happy to tell friends back home about the "amazing" pizza they ate in front of the Colosseum.