How To Avoid Most Travel Scams

Prepare yourself to watch out for the most common travel scams and cons

Rebecca Ahn


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Watch out now. If you’re going on a trip anytime soon, you might wanna be aware of what sorts of travel scams you might encounter there, just so you’re prepared. Not too cautious to the point of anxious, mind. Just prepared so you can be aware, and have some fantastically fun and safe travels.

So to that end, below are the most common types of travel scams you will encounter on your travels that are designed to con you out of your money, possessions, and/or physical safety and control of your body. Of course, you want to do your research and find out what scams are more common in the areas you’ll be traveling. But this list will get you started with the most common travel scams and con archetypes to avoid.

The general theme here is this: Question everything.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Listen to your gut. And set boundaries accordingly.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times, be wary of any of these such scenarios or “characters” you encounter on your travels, and be open to questioning what you see and what you are told.

This will likely feel very uncomfortable, and you will be tempted to be nice rather than cause offense or seem rude. So it’s important that you keep things in perspective.

What’s worse — Seeming a little rude OR being assaulted, robbed, and possibly killed?

It’s my personal motto to question everything. So don’t be afraid to ask people questions. It can be an incredibly effective litmus test for any sketchy situation. For example, anyone being truthful who doesn’t actually wish you harm will be able to adjust easily to your cautious behavior.

But anyone who does have ulterior motives will not be as prepared to handle your questions and hesitations, and will start showing their true cards more clearly the more you push back.

If they start to grow angry or anxious in response to your questions, that is a tell-tale sign to remove yourself from the situation as quickly as you safely can.



Rebecca Ahn

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