Are your bags packed and ready to go? Excursions can be a lot of fun, but you can also go the wrong way by falling prey to these travel travelogues. We hope this never happens to you. But you better be prepared not to get caught.
Top 10 travel scams
1. Finding a hotel. You only go out at the airport to be greeted by a few people, and everything promises great deals if you are staying at their hotel. You choose one of them and find when you arrive, the promised price is no longer available. Now you will have to pay a lot more to stay. When trying to find a hotel room, talk to tourist information or book a hotel yourself.
2 Arrival at the hotel. You just arrived and are leaving the airport. Take a look at the taxi line. This could take thirty minutes or more. The driver approaches you and tells you that he can take you to your hotel without waiting. Decide to take the driver to an offer. The driver puts your luggage in the vehicle and leaves you standing on the curb. Be sure to ride in the official cabin. Also, negotiate the price of the trip with the driver before going to your hotel. You want to be sure that they will take you on a direct route and not overpay you for a taxi ride.
3. Are you hungry for dinner? You’re in luck, someone pushed your exit menus out the door! Call the phone number and place your order. Food never arrives and they have your credit card information. If you want to order, look for recommendations at the hotel before calling the number from the flyer he pushed under your door.
4. A wake-up call. You travel all day and just want to get some rest before you go sightseeing in the morning. The phone rings. Answer by looking at the office at the other end for information to verify your credit card information. You tell the officers they have the wrong number and give them the right information. Problem? You just gave it to someone posing as a clerk to write your credit card information. Go back to sleep just to find out in the morning that someone else used your credit card. If this happens to you, or call the front desk back or better yet, go downstairs in person. To avoid these types of travel scams, never give out your credit card information on a call you didn’t start.
5. Don’t let them drip on you. You get something for lunch from a vendor. If someone is standing nearby, food or drinks are spilled on you. They offer help only to find that they have helped you out of your wallet. Watch out for someone trying to clean food off your clothes.
6 Take a look at my picture! How many times have you asked someone to take a picture? Watch your camera. They could easily disappear when they have your camera in hand. You may also have problems if you are asked to take a picture. They give you a camera, tell them it’s not working, and they end up making a scene shouting that you “broke their camera.” They will continue to try to attract the attention of all people in the hope that you will give them some money to fix their camera. These travel scams work because most people will pay to prevent them from drawing attention to you.
7. Watch your luggage. Do you ever throw your luggage into a locker on trains? Be careful when going through dark tunnels. Thieves will wait for those areas and simply take your bag and keep walking to the next car while the car you are driving is dark. You will not be any wiser and you will not realize that your bag was stolen until you are ready to take your bag. Try attaching the bag to the luggage rack while riding the train so that it is not easy to pick up.
8. Stop for a moment and watch the street performers. It’s a lot of fun. There is a big crowd. Sometimes these performances ask the audience to move away and form a larger circle. Then he will ask everyone to move in. At that moment, people clash. This is a great time for your pocket money to take your wallet. Be careful where large groups are formed to watch the play.
9. The attraction is closed for the morning. It actually happened to me in Bangkok. We were on our way to the Palace and a guide approached me who told me that the Palace was closed for private entertainment in the morning. They would take me on a private tour and bring me back later, when it reopens. As I watched, there were so many people there, children, adults, I didn’t trust him. We approached and found it open. Make sure the attraction is actually closed. It’s probably open.
10. Counting your change. When you pay for something, be sure to know how much you should get back. If you seem to be in a hurry, sellers can very slowly count your change and take a long break through counting. They hope you think the transaction is complete, take your money and leave, not realizing that the computers are only part of your change.
Traveling is a lot of fun, but you have to be aware. Watch out for people trying to start travel scams. Always be aware of both safe and happy travel!