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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 (InsiderDiva.com) 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. It’s really disappointing that some people are using their “creative minds” to trick other people!

  2. “Free massage” is a very tempting scam. Well, I guess I have to keep reminding myself that there’s no such a thing as “free lunch.”

  3. Hannah Mayers

    Vacation is something I look forward to after a month’s work! I usually visualize myself spending time on the beach, visiting a popular tourist destination or just taking a relaxing stroll. But whatever I choose, my goal is to have refresh, relax and have fun.

    When I travel, I try not to look as a tourist because I think “tourists” make great targets for scam artists for they are spotted easily. I usually protect myself by blending with the locals and of course, I do my research so that I would have enough information to get me started!

  4. When I travel (and I love traveling alone), “Google” is my best friend, or sometimes, my only friend! I have avoided many travel scams by surfing the Internet a few days before my trip. Well, I guess, that’s why I landed to this article 🙂 But I’m so happy, I did! I learned a lot from this article!

  5. Courtney Watson

    What???!! Monkeys are trained to snatch?! Well, I only experience monkeys asking for food. I guess, we just really need to take “extra” care of our belongings ALL the time.

  6. Sandra Brown

    Okay a very good friend of mine was victimized by “CD Bullies” scam. It happened to her near Time Square, she was given a handshake and an autographed CD, she was told any donations would be welcome, but after, demanded $20 while talking about slavery and implying that my friend didn’t like him and his friend because they were black.

    What an experience! This article is very informative and I’ll surely avoid these travel scams!

  7. Ansley Barrington

    Oh wow! “Animal photo ops scam” is very terrible! I didn’t know that! Thanks for the info.


    I definitely agree with your final thoughts, “do your best not to look like a tourist.” Do your research before going to a place so you’ll have an idea of what to expect and what to look for.

    Yeah, nothing is free! Try not to get engaged!

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