Edmonton to Vancouver; Vancouver to Toronto; Toronto to San Jose. I should have known better than to schedule a flight that had 2 connections. But hey, cheap is cheap.
By the time I made it out into the muggy Costa Rican night, I was almost delirious with exhaustion and frustration. I picked the first guy that said ‘Taxi!’ and was on my way.
The travel blogs you read about airport taxi guys who will scam you are correct. The driver said something about traffic and just drifted nonchalantly onto an off-ramp. Oh, Google Maps says we’re going the opposite direction and you’re tagging on an extra 20km to the trip? Sure. The newby traveler in me doesn’t know better and the Canadian in me feels like it’s rude to haggle, so…
The hotel website said they closed at midnight, so all I cared about was this guy getting me there on time. I arrived at 11:59 and gave the driver a $10 tip on top of his scammy fare. That’ll show him….