Television star Thuso Mbedu, a two-time Emmy nominee and the only African nominated across the board at the 46th International Emmy Awards, will soon jet-set to the US to attend the International Emmy Awards for her role as Winnie in the local drama, Is'thunzi.
Mbedu has bagged another nod from the prestigious awards, nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress title, for the second year in a row.
Ahead of her trip this November, Mbedu shares some holiday hacks and the hidden costs of travel that have taken her by surprise; for example some bank's charge crazy transactions fees and other surprise travel costs. It is a good idea to carry your credit card with you when travelling in case of any emergencies or hidden costs you may encounter.
#1: Tax is the biggest one. In South Africa, I'm used to the price I see being the price I pay, with tax included. However, this works differently elsewhere. In the US, for example, the price you see is not the price you pay as tax is added on afterwards. To make things even more complicated, in SA, VAT is 15% regardless of which city you are in, while in the US, tax changes per city, per state, so it becomes tricky to estimate what the total price will be.
#2: Use the hotel fridge at your own risk. Some hotels have sensors in their fridges so even if you move something and put in your own things, you will be charged a storage fee just to use the fridge.