Travelling around the world and experiencing new cultures is always an enjoyable and enlightening experience. However, an enjoyable experience such as this can turn into a nightmare should you fall prey to the numerous travel-related scams devised by unscrupulous people to rip you off and mess up your holiday. While you should not live in fear of falling prey to these scams, there are a number of precautions you can take to avoid them.
1. Be Alert and Vigilant at All Times
This is especially important if you are visiting a new place and you do not have a local friend that could help you out. Being a foreigner in such a place makes you stand out like a sore thumb. You instantly become a target for conmen and purse snatchers. By staying vigilant and alert, you will easily notice such people and keep out of their way. Nothing puts off scammers more than knowing that you are aware of their intentions. They are looking for easy, unaware targets. Don’t make yourself one.
2. Avoid Random Helpers
When visiting main attraction sites all around the world, you will always find local people that appear as if they have been waiting all their lives to help you. Well, don’t give in to their offer for help just like that. The last thing on their mind is to help you. Although having a local person to show you around is a wonderful thing, be wary of taking any offer for help from people you don’t know. In most cases, such people are always after your money, or worse. Avoid them. Instead, consider hiring a tour guide from a reputable local company.
3. When the Deal Seems Too Good to Be True, It Is!
As a traveller, you will at times come across some deals that look really good. If a deal is too good to be true, it is. While there are some genuine good deals in the travel industry, if you sense a deal is too good that it does not make sense, refuse to be lured into it. Some of these deals are orchestrated by con artists whose only aim is to rip off unsuspecting travellers by wooing them with unbelievable deals.
4. Keep All Your Receipts
Sometimes unsuspecting travellers are defrauded by service providers. For instance, if you don’t know the exact currency conversion rates for the country you are visiting, there’s a likelihood that some service providers will peg their services on exaggerated conversion rates. When you keep all your receipts, you will be able to carefully audit them upon return to your country. While you should ignore minor discrepancies, you should follow up with those providers for a refund if you discover that you were grossly overcharged. You might even consider going to court, in which case your bundle of receipts will act as evidence.
5. Do Thorough Research
Before embarking on a trip, conducting an in-depth research of your travel destination is one of the most prudent things you can do. Having a thorough knowledge of your travel destination buttresses you against scammers. Besides, having adequate knowledge about where you are visiting helps you plan your itinerary for the trip.
6. Work with a Reputable Travel Agent
A travel agent’s reputation is paramount when choosing who to trust with your trip’s logistics. While there are some good new travel companies, you are safer with more established firms that have a solid reputation of providing top-notch services to travellers. Some travel agents will even help with planning your itinerary during the trip, which leaves you with the sole responsibility of enjoying your vacation.
Travels scams are all over the internet today. They are conjured up by cunning people whose only interest is to separate you with your hard-earned cash. These tips should help you stay off their old beaten tracks.