Avoiding a travel scam can be simple, just by using your common sense. In addition to common sense, you can also avoid travel scams by paying attention to the warning signs around you. Bill Bailey is here to help you make the most of your vacations by offering you some advice on how to avoid travel scams. Make the most of your vacation with Bill Bailey by avoiding travel scams.
Americans Being Scammed In Europe
While travel scams exist throughout the world, millions of U.S. tourists head to Europe each year only to find themselves at the brunt of any number of travel scams. Bill Bailey would like to spend some time with you looking at travel scam alerts in Europe that you should be aware of.
The best way to know what travel scams are being used right now is to research what other travelers have had happen to them in recent travels. Many tourists in recent years have complained about being scammed by cabbies. Offering the incorrect amount to your cabbie can open the door to you losing money. As such, it is important not only to have the correct currency in a foreign country, but also be aware of the denominations so as to avoid being taken for another type of ride. This is very common and very easily avoided.
Pay attention to who is bumping into you while traveling. Many of the most popular destinations for travel are also the most popular for pickpockets. Destinations that require you to ride on subways or buses will put you in a position of vulnerability to being pick pocketed. A good way to avoid losing your cash to a pickpocket is to:
Carry a money belt as opposed to a wallet. This will keep your money closer to your body and less accessible to pickpockets.
Don’t carry your cash all in one spot. Divide your belongings up and leave some money in your hotel safe. Try to carry a minimal amount with you when you plan on being on the streets.
Travel in groups. Just good advise. You can not always watch your own back, but with others around you that are your friends or family, you are less likely to be the recipient of an unhappy surprise.
Avoiding fake authorities. Many destinations have a problem with people posing as authority figures and stealing your things including passports. If you are approached by someone claiming to be an authority figure, be sure you see proof of their identity before you give them anything. In addition, if they demand money they are not authorities and you should find the nearest police officer or station and report it right away.
You can have a wonderful time while traveling with Bill Bailey if you know how to avoid the thousands of travel scams out there. Be smart, remember you are the outsider in your new destinations. Try to look a little less like a tourist and more like an experienced traveler and you will be less likely to lose out on your next vacation. As always, enjoy your travels and thank you for learning more about how to protect yourself with Bill Bailey.