accessories activities adventure affordable cruises africa airplane all natural sun care allergens allergic reaction allergies alligator animals arizona Arthur's Seat asia australia autumn autumn outdoors backpacks Bangkok Bar-B-Que barbecue Bass Pro Shops bayfront marin house BBQ beach beach safety beach trip beach vacation beaches bear bicycling bike polo bike race bike ride events bike rides bikers bikes blisters boating boating safety boating tips boating trip bocce body branches budget busy day campfire camping camping basics camping gear camping needs camping trip campsites Cancun captain caribbean carowinds castillo de san marcos category cenotes charity charity events charity runs charity walks cheap cruises chest strap chicago Chichen Itza cleaning coastal food colorado comfortable couples couples trip ideas couples vacation couples vacation ideas coyote crab crab cake recipe crab cakes crab recipe crew cruise cruises culture current cyclone deer desert destination destinations detours directions distance trips dodgeball downtown drown drowning drowning signs dry dumb laws edinburgh edinburgh Scotland Elephant endangered enjoy outdoors with allergies equipment Estrella Mountain europe extreme heat fall fall outdoors fatigue festivals fire first aid first aid kit fish fisherman fishers fishing fishing line fishing reels flames Florida florida vacation florida vacation besides disney fundraiser fundraiser bike ride fundraiser ride gadgets Gallery Electric Putting Partner Garmin gear gift gifts gifts for outdoors girls getaway golf golf ball golfer green gun safety gun safety tips guns habitat hay rides headache heat heat exhaustion heat related illness heat sensitivity heat stroke heat stroke signs heat-related illness hiking home home remedies for rashes home remedies for sunburn honeymoon horse horseback riding horseback riding safety horseback riding safety tips hot weather hunting hurricane hurricane preparedness hurricane preparedness tips hurricane season hurricanes hydrated ice skating illegal illinois inline inline skating international international travel jet lag Kansas City kayak kenya knife ladies fishing lake laws lion lodge london london trip london trip tips luxury hotel make crab cakes maps marathon mat mayan ruins mazes meditation Memphis merced mexico micro fiber minnesota motorcycle motorcycle events motorcycle guide motorcycle tips motorcycles mountain mountain climbing mountains muir must haves on camping trip nature walk neck new york Nike north carolina north carolina beaches north carolina mountains north carolina vacation spots ocean ocean swimming safety odd pizza offbeat games offbeat outdoor sports offbeat sports old city olympic events olympic games olympics on board oregon outdoor allergens outdoor allergies outdoor gadgets outdoor games outdoor gear outdoor skin care outdoor sports outdoors outdoors gifts pandas par three peaks Phuket pizza plan a trip to london plane poison ivy pollen pool pool safety pools pork prepare protection putter putting system quiet races Railay rashes red rock relax rescue resort review retreat ribs robbed rock climbing roller skates roller skating ruins running safely safety safety tips san francisco save money save money on cruise saving money scams schedule Scotland scuba diving Sedona Sedona Marathon shoes shooting shooting safety shooting safety tips shoulders signs of drowning skating skating safety skating safety tips ski ski vacation skiing skin care sleep sleeping bag Smithfield snake snorkel socks south america south carolina south carolina vacations Southern Thailand Spa species squirrel st augustine st auguustine florida St.John St.Thomas steel horse strange laws strap stress summer summer beach trip sun care sunburn sunny sunscreen surfing surfing lessons swimming swimming pool swimming pool safety swimming safety target shooting tartan tension Thailand The Grand Hyatt the South time time zone tips torso tour guide review tourist tourist attractions trail running travel travel expenses travel scam warning travel scams traveling treat rashes at home treat sunburns at home trek trip trip to london trips trout unusual olympic events US Virgin Islands vacation vacation in south carolina vacation scam vacations vertebra video washington water water attractions water park water rides water slides wave wave pools weather weird gadgets weird pizza toppings weird pizzas west indies wild animal wilmington women women biking women fishing women motorcycle women motorcycling womens fishing tournaments world zoo

Travel Scams To Look Out For, Part II

As promised in Part I, more scams to look for:

Hotel Room Scams. This is related to the taxi scam I mentioned previously. Basically, you will get off the plane/train/whatever and someone will come up to you with an attractive offer on a room at a hotel she 'represents'. They may show you a brochure, business card and everything else to make them seem 'official', as well as offering a very low rate. You'll follow her to the hotel after agreeing to the low rate, which can go one of two ways:
-You can be accosted for your wallet or otherwise assaulted.
-When you get to the hotel, the rooms available at the rate you were quoted just 'happened' to be full. They can offer you another room for a price that is often twice the previous rate, and you'll be so tired that you're willing to pay whatever you have to just to get some sleep.

Solution-Book your accommodations in advance. If you can't do that, either find a place with tourist information (this may be one of the stores or booths in the airport or a currency exchange office) or use your tourist guidebook. Most good guidebooks can point you in the right direction. Ignore any 'lone representatives'.

Timeshares. You get a call or receive a brochure in the mail about a cheap or free vacation to some beach or ski lodge. All you have to do is listen to an hour-long presentation about buying a timeshare on a vacation home. That doesn't seem to be a bad idea, and the hard-sell convinces you to fork over your money. While there are timeshares that are legal and are not scams, you have to be careful because some timeshares will 'happen' not to be available on any of the dates you would want to go or will be 'oversold'. You'll have paid a lot of money for a vacation you'll never be able to take...assuming the timeshare is even legal, that is.

Solution: If you are interested in a timeshare, go through a reputable company. Do your research on any company that claims to be selling timeshares to make sure that they are who they say they are and have good reviews.

Hidden Fees. You're offered this 'free' or cheap dream vacation, air fare or hotel. You get there only to find out that things you thought were included (i.e. baggage checks, breakfast, use of the pool, etc) are extra, or be asked to pay a 'resort fee' you didn't know about. In the end, you end up spending a lot more than you intended because you didn't realize all of these things would be extra.

Solution-Book trips through travel agencies that will give you this information in advance.

Discount Vacation Clubs. You're offered a cheap or free vacation in exchange for joining some 'exclusive travel club'. You'll be given all of these discount packages and a table of dates when you can take your 'dream vacation'. The membership fee seems like small potatoes compared to what you'll be getting. When you go to actually book your trip, however, all of the 'eligible dates' are taken. That, or the 'discounts' you get aren't anything that anyone else could find for free.

Solution: Do your homework on any company offering 'travel club' packages. There are legitimate ones, but they are usually by established companies (i.e. Disney) or focus on socializing with other members. Any 'membership fees' should be reasonable enough to only cover the actual expenses you'll be incurring (i.e. accommodations). Anything more than that should be a red flag.

I hope I've given you a good idea of the kinds of scams you might come across when you plan your vacation this year. Most of these can happen anywhere, but visit or to see scams that are specific to certain areas of the world. Be safe!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Most Popular This Week