Finding a great airfare or a bargain hotel reservation can make any city less expensive to visit. But if you've never been to a place, chances are good there are potential money traps that await you -- traps somewhat unique to that destination.
For example, would you order a pizza from someone in Orlando who slid a flier under your hotel room door? Perhaps you'd see it as a convenience at the end of a busy day. But it could cost you a lot more than the price of a meal.
Would you insist on a room along The Strip in Las Vegas, or a ride in one of those famous London black cabs? Now is the time to consider whether or not such luxuries are really worth the money they will cost. Will they enhance your experience?
These are among the questions you'll need to answer correctly and thoughtfully before visiting any one of these cities. Are you prepared to do so?
Take a look at specific mistakes visitors make when they visit popular travel destinations, and then make plans to avoid the waste and enjoy the trip.
Timid travelers sometimes pay a lot more money and get a lot less value.
For example, Caribbean cuisine is well worth sampling, but some arrive here wanting to find food that closely resembles what they'd be served at home. The same can be said for people who get off a cruise ship and wander a few streets of the port city without seeing anything else the surrounding island has to offer.
Consider ways people stumble into 8 common mistakes in Caribbean travel and avoid a similar fate.
Chicago offers much to travelers, but it doesn't take much to go over budget here. Public transportation is generally affordable, but downtown parking can require a hefty fee. Entertainment is frequently of high quality, but shopping for the best ticket deal is a must.
Find out how you can avoid 8 common mistakes when visiting Chicago on a budget.
Short of failing to visit Greece altogether because of fears about unrest or financial instability, the biggest mistakes made here often involve mismanaging time -- and sometimes assuming simple ferry runs can be started and finished precisely on time.
See how you can sidestep some of the most common mistakes made by travelers to Greece.
Many visitors to Las Vegas want to hit a big score in the casinos, take in a show and stay in a hotel with a Las Vegas Boulevard address -- the formal name for The Strip.
If any or all of those things are a part of your dream trip to Las Vegas, take a few moments to consider the potential costs of each. Many travelers are perfectly happy staying in a hotel that is off The Strip or getting half-price, day-of-show tickets to some of the most popular shows.
Should you make a day-trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon? What opportunities can be found for free entertainment? Take a look at common mistakes in Las Vegas travel.
Sometimes the popular destinations in a given city can be a waste of both time and money.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel with enclosed compartments that rise to more than 400 feet above the Thames. It's certainly a unique attraction. But you'll pay at least $1 a minute for a ride that lasts just less an one half-hour, and you're likely to wait in long lines during peak season for your turn to ride. You'll also need good visibility, which is often in short supply here.
You'll need to ask yourself if that investment is a better use of your time than visiting other major attractions such as the Tower of London or the British Museum (which does not charge admission).
Will your ATM withdrawal come in pesos or dollars? Is there a steep fee for each visit to the machine? The questions are simple, but the answers can be elusive and sometimes expensive.
Downloading emails on a mobile phone and losing a small slip of paper required by Mexican Customs can also add up to costly mistakes. It pays to know a few of the common mistakes made during travel to Mexico.
Tourists embark on New York visits with great enthusiasm. Sometimes their good spirits are dampened by the reality of high prices for many essential travel services.
They also waste valuable time in long lines or sprinting between major attractions, missing more subtle experiences in the process. A New York visit requires planning and knowledge of budget shortcuts that frequently enhance your trip rather than cutting away enjoyment.
Look at 8 common travel mistakes in New York.
People arrive in Orlando every day from all over the world. Con artists count on them being jet-lagged and unfamiliar with the area. Beyond crooks, even the turnpike system is set up in such as way that it punishes those who don't have pocket change at unattended exits.
If you'll be spending time in Orlando and Central Florida, there are things you need to know prior to arrival. For example, pizza delivery fliers slid under your hotel room door sometimes come from people who are after your credit card information -- "vendors" who have no intention of delivering a tasty pizza to your room.
Find out how you can avoid eight common Orlando travel mistakes. Not all of those rolling out the red carpet at "welcome centers" have your best travel interests at heart.
Paris visitors complain about long lines at the Eiffel Tower elevator and expensive food. But such expenditures of time and money can be managed with a little homework prior to travel.
Paris food is expensive, but the quality often justifies the price. Don't miss out on this important part of the culture you've come to experience. Just plan your food costs so that you aren't spending top-Euro for every meal.
You'll never forget a trip to Venice. The Grand Canal, the architecture, and the simple view of Venetians living their daily lives will stay with you. But it might also take a long time to pay off your expenses, because food and lodging here can be quite expensive.
Look at common mistakes for travel to Venice. They are easy to avoid if you plan to do so.