Most travelers have had at least one experience, if they travel often, that could perhaps be considered a travel scam. Scam artists are on the streets of every city unfortunately. The best way to avoid these travel scams when traveling either in the U.S. or abroad is to be aware of them and keep your eyes open while you travel. Bill Bailey would like to take a look at some of the most common travel scams, some less common and how to avoid being scammed yourself when you travel. Enjoy tips and advice on travel from Bill Bailey Travel Club.
Are you more likely to be a victim of a travel scam when traveling abroad? This is actually a question that could have either a yes or no answer. The question should more likely be are you more likely to be taken for a ride when you are unfamiliar with a destination? In this case, the answer would most definitely be yes. The more you look like a tourist, unfamiliar with the area, customs and surroundings, the more likely you are to be targeted. Knowing this, Bill Bailey would advise you to be prepared by knowing more about your destination before you travel. Scam artists will look for those who look the most out of place, but if you are prepared with a knowledge of your area and look more like a traveler and less like a tourist, you may avoid being a target.
Are travel scams more prevalent today? There may not be any warnings advising that travel scams have increased in recent years necessarily, however, tourism is on the rise and criminals are by far, more connected with each other than they used to be with the advent of cellular technology. Since there are more travelers and more people in general, there are probably more crimes committed against tourists than in the past. As a traveler, you should be cautious no matter where you travel. Keeping your eyes open for suspicious activity around you in big cities is always a good idea. Be aware of your belongings and travel smart and you may avoid becoming a victim of a travel scam.
Bill Bailey On Ways To Travel Smarter And Avoid Travel Scams
There are a number of ways in which you can avoid being a victim of a travel scam when on your next vacation. Take a look at some of the ways in which you can protect yourself while traveling on your next vacation.
Travel during the day – Avoid dark alleys and walking by yourself during the night.
Travel with a partner – Having a friend or family member by your side can help as well by having an extra set of eyes on your belongings.
Do not carry your money in one spot – Why make it easy for someone to steal it all? Keep your money in more than one spot and never in your wallet in your back pocket. Pick pockets can easily steal your wallet leaving you with no recourse. Keep your wallet in a place that you can feel or check for.
Avoid looking like a tourist – Try to dress more like those around you and avoid wandering around with a map in your hand. If you are unfamiliar with the area, look at a map while you are relaxing in your room and know where you are going before you go outside.
Bill Bailey wishes you a good vacation. We hope that you have enjoyed this look about how you can avoid travel scams while you travel. Spend time with Bill Bailey learning more about travel and vacationing and make the most of your vacations by being an informed traveler.