Planning a holiday isn't usually the cheapest activity, and once you've paid for transport, accommodation and saved for food and things to do, your purse can be left feeling a heck of a lot lighter.

 

But by planning ahead, you can save yourself some considerable cash - at least when it comes to how much you'll need to pay for taxis when you arrive.

 

It may seem obvious, but many of us don't check in advance how much we should *really* be paying for taxis abroad, and it can often lead to holidaymakers being charged far more than they should be, reports the Mirror.

 

Speaking to Bloomberg, Lexi Alford, the world record holder for being the youngest person to travel to every country, revealed her top tips for making sure you don't get ripped off by taxi firms when you're on your jollies.

 

She said: "Email your hotel before you arrive and ask what the average price is for a taxi from the airport to the hotel.

"Sending this simple email has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years, because I’ve avoided being taken advantage of by taxi drivers with inflated prices or fixed meters."

She then explained that if you get to the hotel and the meter is 'unbelievably high', you should refuse to pay for it and go into your hotel to ask for help.

If that doesn't work, Lexi suggests telling the hotel staff to call the police, at which point the driver 'will give up'.

Many hotels offer direct transfers as part of the package so you can see all the costs up front. If not, simply ask them for advice on the best public transport to use.