How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

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How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

We all dream of the perfect, relaxing holiday, but unfortunately no one is immune to con-artists and mistakes. However, if you’re aware of some of the most common scams and mishaps you’ll be more likely to prevent them happening in the first place. Here are some of the most common ones and how to avoid them.

How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

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How to avoid airport trouble

You can’t control every aspect of travelling by plane, but you can take steps to ensure your journey to the airport and beyond is as smooth as possible.

  • Make you sure know what date and time your flight is.
  • Check in online in advance if your airline allows. You may also be able to book your seats.
  • Buy some portable luggage scales and weigh your suitcases once they’re packed, so you can re-pack if you’re over the limit.
  • Be sure you’ve packed all the necessary documents (passports, visas, tickets etc) in your hand luggage before you leave the house on the day of travel.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get there. Most airlines suggest that you arrive two or three hours before take-off, depending on your destination.

How to avoid pickpockets

Pickpockets will be looking to see where you keep your wallet and any other valuables, so make sure they’re hidden from view and not kept in a back pocket. Use a money belt if possible, or carry an anti-theft backpack with a zip that can’t be reached by others. Keep important travel documents like your passport in a lockable safe.

How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

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How to steer clear of beggars

Some beggars are genuine. Some are part of a larger operation and any cash they collect will go to the con-men who arranged it all. A pickpocket, who may or may not be part of the scam, will look to see where you keep your wallet if you do donate any money. If you really believe somebody needs help, try giving them food and water if it’s safe to do so. Otherwise, the best thing to do is walk away.

How to avoid getting sunburnt

Pack an SPF of at least 15 (higher if you have children, you’re very pale, and/or you’re going to a country with a hot climate). Apply it 30 minutes before you step outside so the ingredients can bind to your skin. Take it with you, and reapply every two hours, after swimming, and after sweating excessively.

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How to deal with traders

Visiting a busy marketplace and haggling for goods can be a fun way to experience a different culture and bag yourself some holiday souvenirs, but do your research first. Make sure you’re aware of what is expected of you before you negotiate and keep the exchange rate in mind so you know you’re getting a good deal. Be prepared to walk away if you can’t reach an agreement or if the trader is too aggressive.

How to avoid getting hacked

Some scammers will set up WiFi networks so they can hack into tourists’ phones and steal their details, including banking information and passwords. Don’t connect to a network unless you know it’s secure (ask the staff if you’re at a café or airport). If you really need an internet connection, consider using a VPN so you can browse privately and safely.

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4 thoughts on “How to Steer Clear of Scams and Mishaps On Holiday

  1. This is really good advice! I once ended up having to check-in two bags instead of one, because my carry-on was so heavy. It was nice that I didn’t have to carry it around, but it was also very pricey 🙁 So, now I not only weight my suitcases, but also my carry-on!

    Thanks for all the advice 😀

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