I suspect we all make some budget choices when we travel. There are some items we're willing to spend extra for to ensure quality or a top-notch experience or convenience or efficiency. There are other things we do on the cheap to save our money for other things.
I'm curious about not just what people scrimp and splurge on, but why.
For me, I almost never take a taxi anywhere when I'm traveling. I prefer to walk or use public transportation. It's not just to save money, but also because I don't really enjoy the experience of sitting in the back of a taxi (or Uber or whatever) and being whisked past things there's no time to see. I will spend extra for more legroom on a long flight from the US to Europe, though.
For lodging, I'll spend more for character and location, especially if I'm staying more than 1 or 2 nights, but I'll never spend more for amenities.
In general, I eat on the cheap, but I will splurge on a nice meal on occasion, maybe one or two really superb dinners over the course of a 2, 3, or 4 week trip.
And for special experiences, I'll do it whatever the cost. Opera or symphony tickets, hot air balloon rides, and unique tours. I'm occasionally willing to pay for a private guide in order to get a personalized experience, but I also love some of the free walking tours.
What are your scrimps and splurges?