Tips to Avoid Travel Scams

How To Avoid Travel Scams with The Following Tips
Dear Traveler,When you travel, do you use a cab to get around? Do you often ask locals for travel advice? If so, you should be aware that scammers and pickpockets are great at using seemingly normal occurrences to their advantage – and the traveler’s misfortune. Here are a few of the latest travel scams and how you can keep from falling victim. If you have been fortunate to make your Pre Travel way clear of scams on the information super highway for things such as Gas Saving Gadgets, Fake Travel Offers and Ticket Scams, or Travel Bait and Switch, or to closed Resorts and Destinations, Unneeded Car Insurance, to Counterfeit Merchandise to Bogus Currency Exchanges, these are some tips to help while you Travel.The Grabby Cabby: Don’t lose your luggage to a thief. In some locations, cabbies have been known to purposely speed away with a bag or two if you pay before getting out of the car. Solution: Only pay the driver after every bag you have is out of the vehicle.

Credit Card Scams:Beware of pizza flyers placed under your hotel door or the “front desk” calling to verify your credit card. These are well-known scams to get your credit card number. Solution: Never give your credit card number out over the phone. If you get a call from the front desk, hang up and go to the front desk yourself.

Good Samaritan Tourist Advisors: While it might seem like a good idea to ask locals about sights to see in their country, beware of strangers posing as Good Samaritans. Locals may take advantage of the opportunity to get close and pick your pockets, or may direct you down the wrong path where you may be mugged. Solution: Get directions from a Smartphone app or the concierge at your hotel. 


Con Monkeys? Always be aware of pick pockets and purse snatchers. If you are traveling to an exotic location, beware of monkeys. In some locations around the world, (like Bali) monkeys are allowed to roam free and some dishonest people train them to retrieve personal belongings such as wallets, cell phones, and currency. Solution: Hold personal items and your cash close and minimize valuable contents from being exposed, by keeping them buried deep inside your luggage.

Chatty at the Checkout: The local behind the shop counter might seem friendly but be careful, that may be an act to steal your cash. Some cashiers pretend to talk on the phone when you hand over your credit card but beware – that phone’s camera could snap a photo of your card’s number. Solution: Pay with cash or ask (wait for) the clerk to get off the phone.

Always Remain Vigilant: While the above tips might save you hassle in the long-run, they aren’t foolproof. If, while traveling, someone steals your identity or you suspect fraudulent activity, be sure you are traveling with a travel insurance and assistance services plan that includes 24/7 Personal Security Assistance. Personal Security Assistance such as through Travel Guard can help you order/review credit bureau records, work with law enforcement on your behalf, investigate identity theft and more. Stay abreast of issues that might effect you while traveling. It’s always good to be a member of a travel club that can help with such information. Check out the Sun Cities Travelers Club Meetup Group at . To learn more about how to travel safely in today’s modern world contact “Cruise with Mike” at 623-340-0675  or log onto


About cruisewithmike

Mike is a Professional Cruise Wedding Planner, Wedding Officiant,and owner of CruisewithMike Wedding Planners. With over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry, as an Independant Travel Consultant, Customer Service Agent, and a retired Va. Magistrate, and Clergy. Mike has a very unique perspective on Customer and Wedding Service Needs and strives to provide custom service that's "TOPS" Totally Outrageous Professional Service, with every customer he works with.
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10 Responses to Tips to Avoid Travel Scams

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  2. Tricia Moulton says:

    Thankyou for all your various travel advice and tips. This is indeed a great site and I will be telling my friends. Can I just ask you one thing? We would like to do a European river cruise but have been put off with stories aboutnoise, vibrations, smells, low and high river levels etc. Do the top 3 river cruise lines you mentioned have problems with either the noise or vibrations? Would love an honest reply. Thanks Trish M

    • Dear Trish M,
      While I cannot be sure as to the precise smells, vibrations, your friends are experiencing. I can tell you this. First, all tributary bodies of watter are subject to tidal and seasonal water level changes which is just how the earth is…..And when encountering a particular higher than normal rainfall the chages can be even more drastic for defined periods of time. As for the sounds and smells the rivers go close by towns, and just as one would experience in land tour when driving into a town by coach you get to experience the smells that accompany them. Also River Cruise Vessels are much smaller than ocean going cruise ships and therefor if you purchase the lower end staterooms plan to be close to the hub-bub of activity in meal preperation as well as the power plant within the river vessel itself. Also some River Cruise Tours are using vessels that are closer to their end of service days (so to speak). Spend a little bit more money to get yourself onto a quality service line, and placed in the upper levels of the boat, and try to select a vessel which is newer (this is where an experience cruise counselor can help) so you will have the best in your river cruise experience! Hope these ideas help. Thanks for your comment!-CruisewithMike

      • Tricia Moulton says:

        Hi Mike
        thankyou so much for your helpful hints re river cruising and noise/vibration factors. I will certainly take your advice on board.

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  5. TESSA says:

    Hello Mike,
    Thank you for the info that I have read. I just called the Vantage river cruise line today for the 15 days Waterways River cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg. After giving a quote, the customer service or agent just hanged up.
    Now that I read your ratings of these cruise lines, I decided to change to either Vikings or Uniworld, working with an agent of a reputable travel agency. Again, thanks !

    Dear Tessa – Thanks for the feedback, sorry for the delay – CruisewithMike

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