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Save money: eat where the locals eat

Save money by eating where the locals eat and steer clear of hotel restaurants and room service. In Thailand, shophouses that have family-run restaurants are authentic, popular, and cheap. Hawker stands in Singapore (try Maxwell Food Centre, near Chinatown) provide memorably good food for next to nothing. If a place is clean and crowded, chances are you’ll be fine—despite the lack of English on the menus or linens on the tables. The same rule of thumb is true around the world, from Mexico City to little towns in Bavaria: small, inexpensive, and authentic places will leave you with better memories—and often better food at a better price—than you’ll find at fancy American-style restaurants.

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