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How to Avoid Travel Scams When Traveling Solo

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | November 10, 2016

How to Avoid Travel Scams When Traveling Solo

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Solo travel is one of the biggest trends in the travel industry right now and it’s not surprising because delving deep into foreign cultures and flying off to far-flung places is an amazing feeling. But traveling alone can also make you vulnerable in many places and being aware of travel scams is a good way to protect yourself, says the Huffington Post. 

“With a record number of people immersing themselves into different cultures and countries, it’s not surprising that a number of travel scams have become common practice throughout the world,” writes Danielle Nelson. 

Thankfully, Nelson notes, these scams seem to be fairly similar around the world. 

One of the most common scams is the “bump and grab” which is most common in large crowds. 

“This is a favorite time for the bump and grab, as thieves know you are occupied and surrounded, so they can bump you and grab your stuff, then dart away. The surrounding crowd then makes it hard to notice you’ve been bumped, and even harder to catch the thief who nabbed your stuff. It is so simple, yet so effective,” notes Nelson. 

READ MORE: Should You Book Your Next Trip Alone? 

To avoid it, she recommends keeping valuables zipped up and safe. 

She also recommends watching out for the ATMs you use. 

“While ATM fraud happens more often in the United States than it does in Europe or other countries, it is always good to be aware. Always try to use ATMs at banks, as thieves shy away from surveillance cameras. And watch out for common ATM scams like card skimming and money grabbers (sort of like the Bump and Grab),” Nelson points out. 

Ticket scams are another way travelers can be taken advantage of. 

“Beware of cheap tickets and refundable schemes. If it doesn’t seem like the right price (aka a significant discount from what you would pay the window of the event or attraction), I highly recommend not purchasing,” says Nelson. 

To avoid it, she recommends always buying tickets from accredited ticket offices. 

For more tips on avoiding common scams while on the road, read on here

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