TRAVEL SCAMS TOURISTS MUST AVOID

It is not unusual for tourists to encounter a few scams in their travels which may vary from places to places. You will be able to protect yourself and prepare properly before going on a trip by acquainting yourself with the most common scams there is.

THE TAXI HOTEL
Though it really has the possibility to happen anywhere, this scam has been most commonly reported in Latin America and India. Taxis working with local hotels propagated this type of scam. Once they see that you’re a foreigner and unfamiliar with the area, the taxi driver will recommend a hotel other than the one you booked. They will even conveniently claim that your intentional accommodation is either terribly insufficient, or does not exist. He will then take you to a different hotel where you will be asked for an expensive amount for accommodation, which will then be shared with the taxi driver.

THE SIGN MY PETITION
This particular scam is most common in Paris. You will be approached by someone with a petitioning paper for money intended for a charitable cause. The charity is usually for numerous causes but it is most often for the homeless, poor, starving, crippled, deaf or blind. The person will claim the he or she is affiliated to an official charity but will not be able to produce identification. After you’ve signed the document, they will then ask for a donation and even reference a part of the paper where it claims that you are agreeing to donate a specific amount of money. You will be pressured to give them the money which will never go to any charity once you decline.

THE FAKE POLICE OFFICER
This fake police officer scam is mainly reported in Southeast Asia and Latin America where a throng of fake police officers take advantage of a tourist’s strangeness with the country’s policemen uniforms and laws. A person will approach a tourist under the pretence of being a law maker and claim that there has been an issue with counterfeit bills. The policeman imposter will then ask to have a look at your wallet in order to see whether or not you are the one carrying the so-called counterfeit money. Most of the time, gang member gather at roadblocks or train stations where they target tourists.

THE TEA HOUSE
This invitation to a tea house scam is mostly common and reported by tourists in China, particularly in Shanghai and Beijing. A group or an individual will politely approach and engage you in a conversation. Majority of them will claim to be learning in English. Their level of friendliness will make them seem harmless but at some point during the conversation, they will suggest a teahouse and will ask you in for a cup of tea. After taking a cup, you will be presented with an excessive bill ranging from $85-$500. The reason for this is because the scammers cooperate with teahouses to rip tourists off.

THINGS TO BE ADDED IN EVERY COUPLE’S BUCKET LIST

Every couple dreams of a relationship like those in romantic movies they watch. Any couple can achieve an adventure if they design it to be that way.

A relationship to be called rewarding has to be bursting with experiences that create delightful memories, makes the two of you bursting with happiness as well as brings you closer together and of course nonverbally say I love you. Here is a list of things you can and your partner can add to your daily routine to avoid getting stuck and start bonding over new and exciting adventures

COOK DINNER TOGETHER

All throughout history, romance and food had been linked and mixing in some fascinating conversation and you will have one of the best date nights ever. The dishes that you will prepare for this perfect evening will become an important part when celebrating other significant events in your lifetime. Spending a quiet night together with your loved one at home and simply drinking a glass of wine or two and making delicious dishes is quite special.

GET COUPLE MASSAGES

Getting a couple’s massage at luxurious spas all over the world can be one of the hottest treatments you and your significant other can experience. Lying side by side in a relaxing place is really quite romantic. If you’re not into getting a full body massage you can also try a relaxing foot massage from professionals. You can take it even further in your bucket list goal and learn giving each other a massage that is soothing.

GO OUT AND HAVE A PICNIC

With this bucket list idea for couples, you’re going to have to take out your dusty old picnic basket. Prepare your favourite bottle of wine, choose an isolated outdoor retreat and start building wonderful memories. You can even bring your fur babies with you on this adventure.

TAKE SOME TIME TO WATCH THE SUNRISE AND SUNSET IN ONE DAY

Cuddle up with your loved one while watching sun rise or set is the epitome of being romantic. Hit two birds in one stone and do both in one day. You don’t have to travel far, though there are some amazing sunsets and sunrises around the world, you can simply take advantage of what your backyard has to offer. You can even combine this with the picnic idea.

RIDE A HORSE ON THE BEACH

This is one of those romantic moments you and your significant other can do. With the skies a brilliant blue in the background as well as the sound of the waves as it crashes along the shore line and birds flying overhead, it will surely ignite any relationship.

RECREATION OF YOUR FIRST DATE

Go down memory lane and recapture the good old first date with your current beau. Make sure to replicate everything from the clothes you both were wearing down to the meal that you ate as well as the movie that you may have gone to. This idea is also perfect if you’re planning on proposing to your partnet.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: WHAT TO PACK

Whether this is your first time of the hundredth time to travel, it is always a good idea to have a checklist of the items you may want to pack. Save this packing list, because you would want to refer back to it to make sure you have thought of everything and anything you might want to bring with you.

1. THE ESSENTIALS: TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH AND CREDIT CARDS
Begin by gathering all of your important travel documents in a travel document organizer which can hold your passport, ID, several credit cards, documents and boarding pass. This will aid in ensuring that everything you need to get from one destination to the next is all in one organized place. Include your passport/visa, personal ID, cash and credit cards, travel insurance information, reservations and itineraries, hotel or tour contact details, transportation tickets as well as emergency contact information.

It’s always a good idea to double-check the expiration of your passports and IDs. Also, you might want to inform your bank that you are travelling out of the country so they don’t assume any fraudulent activity. Aside from this, you may also want to email a copy of your passport, driver’s license and itinerary in case anything happens to them you can easily access them online.

2. THE CARRY – ON BAG: PERSONAL ITEMS TO PREPARE
The next thing you need to prepare is your personal item hand-carry bag with stuff you’ll want with you on your light. Make sure you have a few clothes and some essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. It’s also important to have items to keep you cozy on any train if you’re traveling around in multiple cities or countries. It’s always nice to have a bag that you can easily access so that you don’t have to get to your main luggage every time you need something like a lotion. Keep in mind to keep it light since you’ll be carrying it.

Your hand-carry should include your mobile devices and charger, headphones, camera or video camera, adapters, travel pillow, blanket, travel guide, hand sanitizer, wipes and even magazines.

3. THE MAIN BAG: WHAT TO CHOOSE
Your luggage should be versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold your essentials and can fit lots of fears while also being easy to carry. If you’re going on an adventure trip with different kinds of terrain or you’ll be switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag that can be rolled or carried like a backpack or duffel bag would be great.

4. THE TOILETRY BAG: BASICS AND EXTRA
Make sure your toiletry bag is light and complies with TSA if you’re carrying it on. TSA’s rule is simple: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 100ml or less per container and must be in a 1 quart-sized clear, plastic zip-top bag. Don’t forget to pack the basics like toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush or comb, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, make up, lotion, moisturizer, lip balm and feminine hygiene products. As for extras you can include a mirror, perfume or cologne, hair products, facial tissues and tweezers. And don’t forget to bring a first aid kit, your personal prescriptions if any, pain and fever relievers and allergy medicines.

5. YOUR DAY BAG
Use a day bag that is lightweight, comfortable, and versatile and can be used in numerous ways.