Stick to the official, city-sponsored taxis, or a trusted ride-share brand. Believe it or not, even Uber isn’t everywhere (yet). Raymond Walsh at The Stingy Traveler says “it’s worth checking for local alternatives and downloading the apps before you go. Go-Jek is big in Indonesia, there’s Careem in the UAE and Pakistan, and Grab throughout most of Asia.”
Your hotel is bleeding you dry
We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through the hotel options online, and you find one that looks nicer than you can afford, and you can just about afford it. But the headline price is just the beginning, warns Tim Leffel. “You'll pay more for parking, more for everything in the minibar, more for the taxi outside, more at the bar and restaurants, and probably some heinous ‘resort fee’ to use the pool and spa you thought were included. Oh, and don't forget to tip the doorman AND the bellman.” On the upside, you’ll probably get a free USB stick, left over from 2004. Instead, decide which amenities you can comfortably give up, and book a room that falls comfortably within your budget. Because even that will likely turn out less comfortable than you expect.