Hotels try to pad your bill with overpriced extras and ancillary fees; here's how to avoid them
Avoid the scandalously high prices of the hotel minbar
Avoid the scandalously high cost of making a phone call from your hotel room
The hotel garage will often be far costlier than a nearby public garage or other parking option
Breakfast at a B&B is lovely—but at a standard hotel, you probably won't be getting your money's worth
Hotel laundry services are obscenely overpriced
From dishonest taxi drivers to thieving restaurant waiters—you won't run into too many scams in Britain, but here are a few common rip-offs to watch out for
Oh, waiter! There's a scam in my soup!
Always use official, licensed cabs or trusted car services—and watch that meter
Just use ATMs and banks, carefully count your change until you get used to the local cash, and stay away from gray market money changers
Scams and rip-offs at the hotel—many of them perfectly legal. Avoid the minibar, phone, laundry service, and parking garage
Not all local advice is honest advice
If it's one of the seven deadly sins—gluttony (booze; food), greed (gambling), sloth (spas), extravagance (shore excursions)—it's how a cruise lines makes all its profit
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Everyone knows Brits drive on the left side of the road—except for on one road in London. Savoy Court—the driveway off the Strand up to the entrance to the Savoy Hotel—is the only right-drive road in the U.K.