We absolutely love traveling. It allows as to visit different places, experience various culture and see world from a new perspective.
Although traveling is one activity almost everyone recommends, seldom people speak about the risks involved. When in a new country, we often find ourselves confused, and vulnerable which involves a massive element of risk of getting scammed or in trouble.
Here are some tips to ensure your travels are safe of any of the malicious scams that a lot of travelers complain of.
Recheck and confirm your bookings prior to travel
At Uniglobe Skylink, we aim to make sure the bookings and reservations are as transparent as possible. We ensure to send you confirmation emails, and receipts. However, if you are making bookings privately or through other tour operators, make sure you ask for confirmations of your flight or hotel bookings, along with any receipts in case of transactions.
Before making the move and traveling to a new country, it is advisable to research about the common scams in the particular region. Ask your friends, Google your queries, or make use of the many travel groups on Facebook and post away your questions. It makes a huge difference if you are aware of the fraudulent activities practiced in a region, before you make the move so you are not only well-aware but can choose your travel destinations wisely as well.
Don’t shy from asking questions
Ask questions where you feel uneasy, or something seems strange. Asking questions itself can many times catch the scammers off guard, and show that you are not lost.
If you still feel nervous, always follow your instinct.
Be cautious of distractions
Many times, scammers or thieves create distractions to grab the attention of onlookers so they can easily trick them. These distractions can wary from sending a bunch of children begging for money, or orchestrating a fist fight, to promoting fake offers on the streets.
It could be hard to tell if these situations are made-up or are real, regardless, it is a smart to remain aware of such situations and be vigilant when the need arises.
Know the important details
Make a point to know, and save the emergency numbers of the places you are visiting in case if something goes against your plans. Also makes a huge difference if you know some important phrases of the local language, and can at least suggest that you need help where required.
It is also a great idea if you could mentally keep a track of the routes you have been taking or the public transport that takes you directly to the location of your hotel to avoid getting lost in an unknown city.