15 Common Travel Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

Written by:  MATTHEW KARSTEN Shady people love to take advantage of tourists, and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to become a victim. Here are some of the most common travel scams around the world. As travelers, it is easy to think that we are smart enough to avoid getting ripped off. But, the truth is, it happens to the best of us. Including me! From getting ridiculously overcharged on cab rides to unknowingly revealing credit card information, travel scams exist the world over. While it is nearly impossible to know when you will be scammed, it is important to know what kind of scams exist, and what to do should the situation arise. Most Common Travel Scams It sucks to get scammed by a stranger when you’re traveling on vacation. Even after 5 years of continuous travel, I still get caught off guard from time to time. Here are

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How To Find Cheap Travel Accommodation

Cheap travel accommodation is available around the world — you don’t need to pay for expensive hotels. Check out these affordable (and free) sleep options. One of the biggest travel myths out there is that you need to be independently wealthy to see the world. This is simply not true. Travel can be very affordable, especially when you use alternative forms of overnight accommodation. Travel is only expensive if you choose to make it that way. Fancy hotels have big budgets to spend on plenty of advertising coverage. So we assume those are the only options out there. But in reality there are many cheap, and even free places to sleep when traveling. Over the past 2 years I’ve tried most of them, and wanted to share my experiences and tips with you. Backpacker Hostel Backpacker hostels are a popular option for the budget-minded traveler. Rooms & bathrooms are shared

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How to Save Money on Food When You Travel

If you love food as much as I do, it’s rough to consider skimping on it, especially when you’re on vacation. Along with hotels and entertainment, food costs while traveling can add up quickly. However, sampling local cuisine is one of the best ways to experience your destination, and that should not be sacrificed! Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are plenty of ways to please your palate on vacation without breaking the bank. How to Eat Cheap on Vacation 1. Plan Ahead When I finally visit Maine, the first thing I plan to do is sink my teeth into a lobster roll. But while I’m still in the Midwest, I’ll be researching the best restaurant to fit my small budget. If you know you want to indulge in a specific dish, check out numerous restaurants’ websites first, or call directly to inquire about daily specials. Also, sign up for email

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Reykjavik travel guide

Reykjavik travel guide Backdropped by the hulking Mount Esja and perched on the southern shores of Faxaflói Bay, nature is never far away in Reykjavik. Yet, despite its obvious natural beauties, the world’s most northerly capital is a vibrant place that’s home to rows of colourful houses and a populace that gives the concept of living for the moment a whole new meaning. Reykjavik is where the great outdoors takes centre stage with sea, mountains, rivers, woodlands, parks and geothermal swimming pools, all intimately connected. Start with a trip to the artificial beach at Nauthólsvík, where golden sands and a geothermal-heated sea water lagoon combine to pleasant effect. If you want something more energetic, activities like cycling, hiking, horse riding, sailing and fishing can all be enjoyed on Reykjavik’s doorstep. Thought, these natural wonders can belie the fact that the city has much to offer in the way of urban

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Montreal travel guide

With its alluring fusion of cobblestone streets, flashy skyscrapers, European chic and North American swagger, Montreal is unlike any other city on the continent. Canada’s largest French-speaking city is happy to dish out a dose of old-world charm amid its grand heritage buildings and 18th- and 19th-century narrow lanes. But it’s a progressive city too: a creative hub, where swanky boutique hotels radiate contemporary cool, and a slew of flashy new skyscrapers are competing to make their mark on the skyline. This is a sophisticated riverside metropolis, crammed with cosmopolitan eateries, hyper-cool shops and a cornucopia of festivals. When it comes to sightseeing, there’s plenty to gawp at. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride (calèche) along the St Laurence River in Old Montreal and amble down to the buzzing harbour front. Stroll to Plateau Mont-Royal, where wrought-iron staircases, designer fashion boutiques, a thriving arts scene and snazzy nightspots pepper its funky

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Airport Security Q&A

If you haven’t flown in a while, you may not be up on the latest airport security changes from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Most travelers are aware that the TSA has instituted strict regulations about the amount of toothpaste, bottled water, and other liquid and gel items that travelers are permitted to bring in carry-on luggage. But what exactly are the rules? Just how much of your must-have favorite shampoo can you bring? And are the rules different if you’re flying overseas? We’ve gathered answers to these and other common questions to help you figure out your packing strategy under the TSA’s carry-on rules. With air traffic soaring, it’s more important than ever to follow the guidelines — that way you won’t be the fool holding up your entire security line. Q. Are liquids and gels permitted in my checked baggage? A. Yes. The liquid/gel restrictions only apply to

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Secret to Getting a Cheaper Airfare

There’s a secret in the travel world that, once discovered, can make you feel like a great explorer. learn how to get Cheaper Airfare Suddenly, you’re Marco Polo stumbling onto an overland trade route to China or Magellan finding his way around Cape Horn. This secret is truly sensational — something that could even change the way you look at the world … of great deals on airfare. It happens as simply as booking a deal for a roundtrip transatlantic flight for more than $800 less than the normal ticket price by adding on a rental car. That’s right: book more, pay much less. Normally, if you’re booking a trip for a week or so, you only get a cheap fare if you stay over at least one Saturday. Book a Monday through Friday flight, as many business travelers do, and the airlines gouge you. However, if you fly British

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Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Flight

Expert travelers, booking airfares can be a nerve-wracking and budget-busting experience these days. Where once a little bit of know-how routinely resulted in airfares so low you almost couldn’t afford not to travel, more recently airline mergers, capacity controls and route reductions have made finding ultra-cheap airfares much more difficult.   Sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid paying more than you’d like for an airfare, but there are a few things you can try to keep from paying more than you should. To help you sidestep the most common errors that even sophisticated travelers make, here are seven mistakes to avoid when booking a flight.   1. Don’t forget about alternate airports. A large number of major cities both at home and abroad have more than one good-sized airport, but by searching only on a specific one, you won’t see better fares to other gateways that are

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World 10 Most Visited Tourist Attractions

Natural beauty such as beaches, tropical island resorts with coral reefs, hiking and camping in national parks, mountains and forests, are examples of traditional tourist attractions to spend summer vacations. Other examples of cultural tourist attractions include historical places, monuments, ancient temples, zoos, aquaria, museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, buildings and structures (e.g., castles, libraries, former prisons, skyscrapers, bridges), theme parks and carnivals, living history museums, ethnic enclave communities, historic trains and cultural events. Factory tours, industrial heritage, creative art and crafts workshops are the object of cultural niches like industrial tourism and creative tourism. Many tourist attractions are also landmarks. Tourist attractions are also created to capitalise on legends such as a supposed UFO crash site near Roswell, New Mexico and the alleged Loch Ness monster sightings in Scotland. Ghost sightings also make tourist attractions. Ethnic communities may become tourist attractions, such as Chinatowns in the United States

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New Year in London UK

When you are thinking about enjoying New Years Eve in London England plan ahead. London hotels get reserved fast and many have parties you can attend. These get booked quickly also, so book a place in advance to be certain you can have fun. Since New Year in 2000 pubs, restaurants bars and nightclubs have been putting on ticket only book ahead events. Making a reservation for your hotels, that West End show or party as far in advance will ensure you will can have confidence. You will have seen them on television, this year comes and see the show of Fireworks on the River Thames for real. Make sure you arrive as early as possible and where some warm clothes. Each year there is the New Years Day parade in London England. Come and see street entertainment, floats and marching bands as you prepare for next year. Lots of

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