Planning for your vacation is not only about choosing destination and packing necessary items to bring. It is also about knowing some threats and dangers you might possibly encounter when travelling. It is common for travelers and tourists alike to fall victim of travel scams in various countries, especially in popular travel destinations. Some of travel scams are truly effective but they are still avoidable if you know what they are and how to deal with them.
Travel scams to avoid while travelling
Travelers and tourists often become the victims of travel scams in various travel destinations. You don’t want to lose your money or any of your belongings while what you plan is to have fun and relieve some stress. Here are common travel scams you should know.
Fake ID Card
Scams of travel agent card is quite common in many popular travel destinations so you should be more aware of this thing. Lots of people thought that just because you have travel agent ID card then you will be granted cheap accommodations and airfares. If there is someone who issue you a travel agent ID card and promise that you will be provided unlimited access, don’t believe them. You will find out later that the IDs are fake and cannot be used at all. So, don’t buy any travel agent ID card.
It is possible for you to fall victim to one of the most common travel scams when renting a vehicle. The owner recharge you with some damages you didn’t even know exist when you return the car. They can charge you with expensive cost. Therefore, be careful when renting a car in a travel destination. You can also take some pictures of the car you are going to rent beforehand so you have proof later if needed.
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False Online Accommodation
Travel scams are easy to deliver through internet. You may book your accommodation online and plan your travel using internet connection to make everything easier. However, it is also common to receive some emails saying you won a free trip. Do not get swayed easily by those prizes because they are epic traps. They may ask your personal information including your credit card number saying that it is to claim your prize. Do not be fooled by these common scams and don’t give any information. You can actually verify the prize to the resort or airlines independently to know if it’s real or scam.
Misleading Hotel Room Photos
It is also common to book a hotel room online. Then, the hotel is not what it looked like in the pictures. The hotel is already run-down and uncomfortable for you to stay. Some promised amenities are not exist as well, making you feeling more horrible. However, they won’t give you any refund. Therefore, make sure to book from trusted site if you book a room. You can also read the customers’ reviews before booking to see if the place is truly worth to book.