Tips from place to place

I'm beginning a new travel blog series: Tips from Place to Place which will offer valuable advice you can use now in these tough economic times.  

I'll be starting with my most recent trip abroad, and then hitting each US state (first those I've lived in, then those I frequent) and then its your turn. Feel free to add your own travel tips to these posts, including great places to have a meal (holes in the wall encouraged), or serendipitous tricks you've learned while either on a trip, or in your own back yard.