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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel dorm beds: $25–$55
  • Take-out meal: $6-$12
  • Two-star motel or hotel double room: $75–$150
  • Rental car per day, excluding insurance and gas: $30–$75
Top end (more than)
  • Three-star hotel or beach resort room: $150–$300
  • Three-course meal excluding drinks in top restaurant: $75–$100


Tipping is not optional. Only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service.

Airport skycaps & hotel bellhops$2 per bag, minimum $5 per cart
Bartenders15% per round, minimum $1 per drink
ConciergesNothing for simple information, up to $10 for securing last-minute restaurant reservations, sold-out show tickets etc
Housekeeping staff$2 to $4 daily, left under the card provided; more if you’re messy
Parking valetsAt least $2 when handed back your car keys
Restaurant servers & room service18% to 20%, unless a gratuity is already charged (common for groups of six or more)
Taxi drivers10% to 15% of metered fare, rounded up to the next dollar