7 tips for avoiding scams while travelling
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The number of people travelling solo is on the rise, whether you’re going for a quick weekend getaway or a three-month tropical stay in Bali. There’s no better feeling than travelling somewhere new and exciting. However, all that thrill and exhilaration can soon disappear if you are the victim of a scam abroad. Here are our essential top tips on how to keep your wits about you and steer clear of tourist scams whilst you’re on your travels. 1. Avoid buying souvenirs in crowded places Most of the time you will be able to find the exact same gift, elsewhere for cheaper. Try to purchase souvenirs in the less touristy areas you are travelling to, as they will most likely not cost you as much. 2. Pay for car hire in local currency If you aren't given the option to pay in the local currency when picking up your vehicle, this is a scam and a major rip off. Car hire companies abroad are required to give their customers the option of paying in sterling or in the local currency when paying for their car. Paying for the car hire in sterling can result in being overcharged due to the firm using an uncompetitive exchange rate. So, when you are entering your pin number, make sure to check the currency you are paying in. 3. Purchase tickets from reputable sellers If someone offers you transport or attraction tickets that seem too good to be true, then they probably are. Always try and purchase tickets in advance on the official website or directly at the ticket desk at the attraction, to ensure they are genuine. 4. Always check that the taxi meter is working
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