Did you know that you needed a vacation? Maybe, however, we think that just about everybody does, because as wonderful as anybody could possibly make their home life, there is something to be said for traveling abroad. And depending on who you are as a person, will usually dictate how you do it.
For some people, the idea of travel consists of leaving the mundane routine of their regular life and stepping out in the new and the unknown. This could mean taking up residence at a resort on a tropical island where you days are filled with fruity, blended beverages and white sand beaches, or maybe it means hefting around a 50lbs bag as you backpack your way through some off the map, European town. And while everybody has their preferences when it comes to their preferred travel destination, there is one thing that everybody can agree on, both at home and abroad, and that is that nobody likes to fall victim to a scam.
Many countries around the world are notorious for taking advantage of unsuspecting tourists in order to make a quick buck. However, if you know you are going to be traveling and learn what to be on the look out for, you can help make sure that you can enjoy all the sights and sounds without having to worry about your credit cards or your passport. So what are the most common tourist scams around? Glad you asked, for hopefully after these you won’t just be a more confident traveler, but you’ll be a better prepared one.
There are many ways to scam someone. Sometimes it can be in a sneaky, backhanded and unsuspecting manner, often leaving the victim unaware that anything wrong is happening until it is too late. And then you have those that are much more brazen and are practically a reimagined ‘smash and grab.’ The bag slash is one of the latter, and it plays out something like this.
Your traveling, maybe near an airport, and have your bag with you. As you're trying to flag down a cab, a person on a scooter or motorcycle will pull up beside you and cut your bag or purse at the straps, and quickly speed off. Flustered and rightfully pissed off, you may attempt to chase them through the busy streets, however, it only takes a second of not paying attention to your remaining bags until their accomplice pulls up and makes off with those two.
To avoid this, always try and minimize your travel with a lot of bags, and always keep valuable like money, credit cards and passports in your inner or side pockets, or a use a money belt that is hidden beneath your clothing.