Believe it or not, the planet is a fairly peaceful place. Most people – no matter their culture, income, or strange language – are friendly and will only do their utterly most to help you. But then there are those few who are trying to take advantage of vulnerable travellers. Everyone can fall victim to their tricks but being aware of the most well-known travel scams will steer you clear of the worst. Here is a list of travel scams and if you know others please share with us.
What can you do to protect yourself? For one thing, beware of strangers who approach you on the street, even at the expense of seeming rude. Keep your wits—and your valuables—about you. Use your radar; if a situation feels wrong, it probably is. Some of the tricks people will try to use on you are as old as dirt; others are as new as the latest iPhone app. But when it comes to defensive tourism, there’s one trick every traveler should have in his own toolkit: always use common sense.
The Hot Dog Trick
- Travel light and leave the nonessentials at home.
- Blend in. Don’t dress like an affluent tourist.
- Trust your instincts. If something smells fishy, it probably is.
- Ask your hotel desk clerk or concierge if there are any neighborhoods to avoid.
- Be cautious, not cynical. Most people aren’t out to rip you off.
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