Travel Goals Podcast

Episode 11: Common travel scams and how to avoid them

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Episode 11: Common travel scams and how to avoid them

On episode 11 of the Travel Goals Podcast, we talk about 9 of the most common travel scams and how to avoid them.

Common travel scams

Whilst each country might have its own particular scam, there are a number of common travel scams that I have encountered over the years that all have similar elements.

It’s easy to get caught off guard when travelling. You can be so busy soaking up a new destination that you might not realise someone is trying to take advantage of you and your unfamiliarity with the destination.

In this episode, we’ll be talking about some of the most common scams and what you can do to avoid being ripped off.

Researching travel scams

Scammers often prey on the fact we are unfamiliar with a destination, language barriers, the fact that we might be lost and most importantly, our generous and trusting nature as travellers.

With a little research and awareness, you should be able to spot a travel scam coming and take steps to avoid being ripped off or taken on a merry dance by unscrupulous characters.

The better researched you are and the more you know about the country’s customs and how things are usually done the better.

Remember knowledge is key guys, so the more you know, the less likely you are to run into trouble.

What we discuss on the show

On this episode, we discuss 8 of the most common travel scams including:

  • Taxi scam
  • Bracelet scam
  • Dodgy tours
  • Gemstone scam
  • Fake bus and train tickets
  • Rental damage
  • Practice my English
  • Fake border control
  • Attraction is closed

Have you ever been a victim of a travel scam? What happened? What are your other travel goals this month? Tweet me, you can find me @travelgoalspod on Twitter.

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