The 10 Most Common Travel Scams

There are a lot of tourist scams out there! And that’s why i set together a list of the most common travel scams.
I recommend watching the video. The text below is just the script for this video. Hope you enjoy!

10 – The Photographer

When you and your buddy or girlfriend are taking photos of each other, a seemingly friendly-looking man or woman will come up to you and ask to help you take photos of the both of you. Best case senarios is that he just asks for a little bit of money, worst case scenario is that he runs off.

9 – The Expensive Taxi Driver

Most of you have probobly heard of this, but alot of taxi drivers will take advantage off your lack of knowlage around the area. This is esspecially true when taking the taxi from an airport. In Las Vegas this happens so often that a seasoned traveler will allways say “no tunnel” when going from the airport into the city. Its way longer than the fastest route. My advice is, just look at what the locals are doing and do what they do.

8 – The Drop And Swap

This one allso plays on the lack of knowlage. Waiters, taxi drivers, shop keepers etc. will accendentally drop your money and pick up what looks like the same coins and notes but are less worthy.

7 – The Free Friendship Bracelet

The Free Friendship Bracelet is something that usually happens around touristy markets, they say “free bracelet” and take your wrist to put the bracelet and afterwards just ask for payment. This happened to me in Haiti and it was no problem, i just said no and walked away. However sometimes this may be used as a distraction while their accomplice pickpockets you.

6 – Slow Counting

Slow counting happens mostly in europe, the cashier will count trough your money painfully slow, like were talking snail speed, in hope of that you will get bored and just accept whatever they’re giving to you. But obviously it’s much lower than what you’re owed.

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3 Comments on "The 10 Most Common Travel Scams"

  1. 97bravo20 | 27/01/2017 at | Reply

    If getting short changed, paying for a twine bracket you don’t want, losing a camera or paying for a slightly expensive taxi ride are the worst things that happen to you while traveling you have had a very successful trip. Scams with worse consequences are regularly inflicted on naive traveliers. Losing your valuables, ID and papers from a room safe happens far too often. Use the hotel’s safe or safe deposit boxes. The room safe takes an amateur with YouTube access under 3 minutes to open depending on brand. Check YouTube yourself. Lying in the beach with your camera, passport, Picture ID, visa, cash seems safe enough. In some places just enter the water together and say goodbye to everything. Think leaving it in the car trunk is safer. Wrong. In some places where tourists regularly park for a period of 30 minutes or more. You may come back to every car in the lot having been broken into. At least you will have company. So far these are just expensive inconveniences. However in some areas you are considered a wealthy commodity and are looked upon as a potential kidnapping victim. Women are particularly susceptible to this type of crime and also crimes of opportunity. Like it or not in some parts of the world women are looked upon as property. A kidnapping and sexual assault may happen simply because you rebuffed an unwanted advance as you would anytime at home without fear of reprisal. Remember, you are not in Kansas anymore.

    • TravelnPleasure Desk | 01/02/2017 at | Reply

      Really good info! Thanks alot! 😀

      • Denise | 15/09/2017 at | Reply

        Good info… But you are in dire need of a good editor. I write for a living. Also, invest in a spell checker.

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