8 Popular Travel Scams You Should Know About
Don’t let these clever scams ruin your vacation.
Animal Photo Ops
Getting a photo with an elephant or camel is big with tourists. Their trainers will usually offer $15 photo-ops on the camel’s back in front of iconic places like the great pyramids in Cairo. Yet once you’ve mounted the 8-foot tall beast and taken your photo, the trainers will demand another $15 just to get off. They’ll hold you hostage up their until you pay up– scary! Or they’ll offer to take a photo of you with an animal, but then demand a photography fee give you your camera back. Be wary of animal trainers or photographers offering photo ops, there’s usually a caveat. Plus, you can be sure that the animal was stolen from its family in the wild, trained using torturous techniques, and is not a happy camper.
In places like Bali and Costa Rica, monkeys (or rather, their captors) have good taste and love fine things. These
brazen cute little primates have been trained to snatch your valuables before you can blink an eye and say “WTF?” Of course, some experienced locals will be happy to retrieve your loot for you –for a small(ish) price. Instead, find a staff member of some kind to help you out. Or better yet, keep your smaller goodies like sunglasses secured in your bag and away from any pesky mammals if you’re going somewhere with monkeys around.