Travel Scams and Rip OffsThis is a collection of travel scams and
rip-offs that travelers and tourist fall prey to around the world.
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Istanbul Shoeshine Scam Annoying- A traveler in Istanbul can expect
a half dozen shoeshine brushes dropped at their feet in an attempt to
scam them. Don't fall for it.
Shoeshine Scam in Istanbul, Turkey
The world is both full of good people and hustlers. This shoeshine man
was trying to scam me. Dropping a shoeshine brush in front of a tourist
in hopes that they return it is a common lock-in prop in Istanbul.
Generally the scam works by making the tourist think they are getting a
free shoeshine, and then charging them an outrageous price.
European Hotels Charging Euro Not Local Currency- A note that many
hotels and hostels in Europe - and elsewhere - are charging prices in
Euros and Dollars rather than in local currency.
How to Deal
with Hotel Runners- A few suggestions on how to mine hotel runners
for information while staying out of their pockets and maintaining your
Buckle Backpack for Security-
This is a simple travel tip that can
probably prevent a good percentage of bag theft.
It is as simple as this: buckle your backpack to a solid object.
Nearly all travel backpacks have straps, and they can be used for more
than just strapping yourself in. They can be used to more fully secure
you bag when traveling.
Simply put, when sitting in airport terminals, on buses, trains, bus
stations, on park benches . . . just buckle your bag up to a chair or
another solid object. This will greatly inhibit someone from running off
with the bulk of your travel gear.
Be aware of the information that you enter into public computers- Travel Tip #18
- Advice from Vagabond Journey Travel
Tips about how public computers in internet cafes can remember
passwords and credit card information. Also a tip on how to choose ATM
machines when traveling.
Beware of Friendly "Gypsies " in
India - Friendly people wanting to be your "international friend"
often want something more than friendship.
Flight Delays After Boarding- Ever wonder why your flight is delayed
after you board it? This travelogue entry explains why.
lenient with carry on/ cabin baggage allowance- Be careful when
flying Ryanair, they will try to scrap every penny out of your pocket
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