You finally saved up enough money to take that dream vacation of a lifetime. Now is not the time to fall into the “it won’t happen to me” trap when it comes to crime and travel emergencies. To enjoy your trip of a lifetime, take your travel safety seriously. A few simple precautions can help you avoid common travel issues and save money.
Research and Know Common Tourist Scams
Take some time to research the cities you plan to visit. Search for common traveler scams so you can recognize thieves.
Steering clear of shell games and broken taxi meters is easy. In the Philippines, when you travel from the airport going to the nearest bus station, it may cost you a few more bucks if you don’t know that you are being scammed. Regular taxi drivers tend to ask their customers to pay the trip “fixed” for some reasons such as traffic, long journey, too much luggage, too many passengers, no one will go there, too strict and any other things that they can tell about the destinations.
These taxi drivers have been playing on the road for years, so at a single glance, they already know if you’re a tourist, a local or someone who has no knowledge. To prevent these from happening, establish dominance and ask for a metered trip. If they don’t want, then don’t take the bait and find another taxi.
If you want to travel all around the city and in the country for a longer time
, why not try renting your own camping van or even cabin to stay with? You can try these four advises about renting a cabin before a trip to lessen the probability of being scammed.
Size is often one of the first things that people look at when considering different cabins. What’s the square footage? How many bedrooms and bathrooms does it offer? Are there multiple stories or levels? How many closets are available for all of your luggage? How much countertop space will you have in the kitchen? Is there an outdoor patio for relaxing at the end of a long day?
There are all kinds of amenities available for cabin renters. It just depends on where you go and want you want. For example, Beavers Bend Cabins are nestled by private fishing ponds where the owners periodically restock the fish. Other places might offer tennis courts, barbecue grills or water-skiing lessons. Be sure to poke around their website and see what they have to share.
3. Local Attractions
You won’t want to spend all day in your cabin. What kind of attractions are nearby? They don’t have to be loud amusement parks or busy shopping malls if you’re renting a cabin to get away from all of that; the quiet, peaceful version of a local attraction might be something like a mountain that you can hike. The specifics don’t matter as long as there’s something for you to do besides sitting in front of your fireplace and twiddling your thumbs.
Who has the keys to the cabin? Is it a licensed real estate group running a tourist business, or is it something owned by private citizens and hosted on a place like Airbnb? There are benefits to staying in both kinds of places, but you should have all of the information before making your decision. Be sure to look at customer reviews and see what other people have to say. They might have high praise or dire warnings that will influence your choice.
Beware of the more subtle scams too. Someone may ask if you dropped a wallet or ring and handed it to you. An accomplice then shows up accusing you of stealing the item and demanding money. Sometimes, when you pick the item (money, ring, etc.), they’ll pick up your purse in your bag or from your pants when you are too busy “picking up” the “distraction.”
It’s okay to help out a starving child asking for milk, right? Sadly, it’s another scam. The milk gets returned for cash. The person who spills something on you then helps clean it up may lift your wallet too. If you think someone is trying to scam you, say “no thank you” firmly and walk away. Don’t let anyone hand you anything or pick up an item someone drops in front of you.
Have you ever heard someone in the news that has been arrested because of trying to transport illegal goods, but seems framed?
Well, it happens! The trick is there will be someone who will ask a traveler (especially with no to little checked in luggage) to hold a bag for another traveler. But those bags might have illegal good inside. When you pass the security check, BOOM! You’ll be charged with bringing those goods.
Other people will ask their friends to bring “documents” abroad for their “boss” without checking the bag, the courier (the traveler) has no idea what’s inside. But the real deal is it’s full of illegal goods like drugs.
Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies
Who wants to think about getting sick or hurt while on vacation? Food poisoning and contaminated water are well-known travel hazards.
Fun activities like renting scooters and zip lining can lead to injuries. If you’re not prepared, medical services can cost you a lot of money.
Find out if your health insurance covers you while you’re traveling. If not, you may want to purchase additional coverage.
What if you land in a hospital and want to return home to receive medical care? Flying with medical supervision isn’t cheap. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that medical flights can cost over $100,000
Services like MedjetHorizon medical transport
will schedule your trip. Medjet membership arranges all-expenses-paid transportation from a foreign hospital to a hospital back home.
Don’t Be an Easy Target
Avoid being an easy target for thieves. Don’t arrive in a strange city in the middle of the night. It also helps when you travel in groups instead of being alone. If you’re alone, be extra vigilant in your surroundings.
Choose hotels that appear safe too. Check that your door has a deadbolt and don’t let anyone in that you’re not expecting. While sightseeing, look up and stay alert when you’re walking to appear confident and deter scam artists. Be aware of common types of thefts that target tourists
Research local police and embassy phone numbers. Have your travel insurance and medical transport contact information also and be on the lookout for common traveler scams
. Follow this travel advice to save money, stay safe, and enjoy your trip.
There are numerous scams in the world. It is best to research first before going to the destinations. Sometimes, the act of being polite and kind will backfire badly into the traveler. That’s why, in most cases in the society, it’s hard to find someone who is kind to all because of these scams lingering in the world.
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