Around the world in 80 tips
Carlo Alcos of MatadorNetwork.com writes 80 things we wish we knew before we started traveling.
80 There's a tendency sometimes to think "this place will always be here. I can do more here later." Places change a lot faster than you can imagine. Whatever it is you need to do, do it now.
The Matador site has a bunch of useful travel tips, like how to haggle, and how to order beer in other languages. Alcos also links to a description of crossing the Canada-US border.
67 Haggling is not a competition -- it's a way for the buyer and seller to agree on a price that is acceptable to both parties. Humor goes a long way in defusing heated situations.
68 Try to learn a few sentences like "How much" or "That's too expensive" in the local language. It'll make the vendor smile and often will agree to lower the price.
Your experience agrees.
36 Find out the procedure and price for getting a taxi. You will most likely get ripped off at least once, but don't worry about it. Let it be a learning lesson.
Even locals get ripped off in taxis!