Tourist areas around the world (and at home) are hot spots for thieves and when you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings it is easier to fall for a holiday travel scam.
Wherever you are, for however long, here are my top five tips to prevent yourself being fooled…
Try to make sure you do this before you go so you know you’re safe. The Post Office or Marks and Spencer are the places I always go.
If you do it abroad then be careful you’re not being scammed. Make sure you count your money and figure out roughly how much you should be getting. You’ll probably end up with less but make sure they don’t try to “miscount” the money.
Beware of distractions
This applies to any city or busy area whether you’re on holiday or not as its common for thieves to work together so that one can distract you while the other picks our pockets. Always have your bag in your hands or on your front and don’t give your phone to somebody just because they have offered to take a photo — look for a family instead. If somebody asks you for directions make sure you remain aware of your surroundings.
Be extra vigilant on nights out
You’re much more likely to fall for a travel scam when you’ve been drinking so make sure you stay with friends. Never put your drink down out of sight and make sure you all have the address of where you’re staying – don’t just put it in your phone in case you lose it or it gets stolen!
When you’re on a night out make sure you know the price of what you’re ordering so that you aren’t handed a huge bill once you’ve finished your drinks.
Make sure you use registered taxis
If you’re not sure how much you should be charged make sure you haggle before you get in or that they have a meter, this is an easy and common travel scam.
Also beware of their suggestions, they might be getting paid to bring tourists to places that aren’t worth your time. Stick to your plans! Also if they try to tell you somewhere is closed or full and you haven’t booked, it doesn’t mean that’s true – again they might be benefitting for taking you somewhere else and you’ll have no idea what you’re getting.
Remember, stick to your plans and its good practice to have your own plan b.
Check it is a verified travel agent or ticket seller
When buying transport tickets, attraction passes or booking excursions with a travel agent make sure you do your research or ask your hotel to help you. Don’t just wander into the first one you see as you might get ripped off!
What are your biggest travel tips?