8 Popular Travel Scams You Should Know About

Don’t let these clever scams ruin your vacation.


In the heat of travel season it’s important to be in the know. Being in a foreign country leaves you vulnerable and susceptible to all sorts of tricks and scams, many of which even the most seasoned traveler could fall for.

8 Popular Travel Scams You Should Know About

When I was the ripe old age of 15, traveling alone for work (one of my first modeling gigs), I was excited to explore Rome (and Italian boys!) But seeing a woman being dragged down the street by a gypsy on a vespa made me realize I definitely wasn’t in Kansas anymore. A “cultural experience” like that was enough for me to want to get travel-savvy, ASAP! Read on to be able to spot these eight travel scams and save yourself a whole lot of stress:

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 128 Comments

  1. Avatar of Claire Martinez

    Claire Martinez

    I would just add that in a lot of countries, taxi drivers are just charging a lot more because you’re a tourist and they’re aware that you don’t know the prices there. So ask a local to book your taxi or someone that knows the country very well.

  2. Avatar of Sandra Walling

    Sandra Walling

    There was this kind cab driver, and I ask for his phone number so that I can easily contact him when I need I ride. He has been my driver for almost 2 years now 🙂

  3. Avatar of Mary Shirley

    Mary Shirley

    Those crazy CD bullies! It happened to me, one time. I threw his CD back to him! I was like, Dude, I don’t even know you!

    • Avatar of Mira Kent

      Mira Kent

      Haha! I love your come back to that dude! ?

  4. Avatar of Bernice Miles

    Bernice Miles

    You should always have phone records in case of emergencies. Aside from your phone contacts, you should have a phone book.

  5. Avatar of Cindy Simon

    Cindy Simon

    Oh, scammers! They’ll do anything just to have some easy money from people. Why don’t they just find a decent job!

  6. Avatar of Sharon Novak

    Sharon Novak

    Paris. This is a sad news to read that there are a lot of scammers in the city of love 🙁

  7. Avatar of Delores Mullen

    Delores Mullen

    I’m sad by those fake baby scams. You’re going to help that lady and yet they’ll be taking advantage of that kindness that you’ve shown.?

  8. Avatar of Ann Amos

    Ann Amos

    I’ve never liked traveling alone. I can travel alone as long as the trip will be by a group. I prefer that than being alone, by myself, in a strange place I don’t know.

  9. Avatar of John Lineberger

    John Lineberger

    I’m gonna share this with my girlfriend because she and her family loves to travel. It’s better to know about this and be careful than be sorry at a later time.

  10. Avatar of Donna Mack

    Donna Mack

    Poor camels! Those Egyptians should be the one who’s TAKING CARE of them since they’re making use of them.

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