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  1. Ryan K Biddulph
    September 22, 2019 @ 12:54 am

    You nailed down some common ones bro. We got the “tap the break and add 1-2 dollars in a second” taxi driver recently in Turkey. The price seemed reasonable, he tapped breaks, and voilia!…..2 bucks added. Doubled the normal-reasonable price at the end of the trip, per feedback from an expat. Scumbag, LOL.

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2019 @ 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Ryan! I’m glad you liked this post and I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience. Unfortunately, tourist-scamming scumbags are a part of travel life too 🙂

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  2. Erica
    October 2, 2019 @ 4:09 am

    Great post! I definitely could have used this when I first started travelling because I have fallen prey to almost every rip-off you listed. Haha. I really hate the Bankomat ATMs in Europe. They rip you off even more than the standard ATMs. They offer a horrific conversion and try to trick you into withdrawing far more money than you in. It is so easy to get ripped-off by one of them if you don’t know what to loop for. It is very frustrating.

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    • dankiteski
      October 2, 2019 @ 5:51 pm

      HAHA. Thanks, Erica. I am pretty sure we all have been in that frustrating situations.

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  3. Hailey
    October 2, 2019 @ 4:11 am

    I have to chime in about excess baggage fees! I recently flew Spirit and had a layover before arriving at my final destination. I had to pay for my bag TWICE, one fee for each leg of the trip. I had never seen that before so it was completely unexpected (bag was not overweight or oversize either). My bag ended costing me almost as much as my flight.

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    • dankiteski
      October 2, 2019 @ 5:52 pm

      HAHA. If only I can count the number of times I have been in that situation

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  4. Shreya Saha
    October 3, 2019 @ 2:36 am

    You have mentioned few of the really common rip-offs. The ATM withdrawal fee can really surprise you. Also, the excess luggage fees put me really off. So I always prefer to check in advance, same with the Visa fees as well.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2019 @ 7:02 am

      Thanks, Shreya. You have said it well!!

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    • dankiteski
      October 4, 2019 @ 8:24 am

      Thanks, Shreya. Planing in advance is always a better choice.

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  5. Non Stop Family
    October 3, 2019 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi. Great post. Unfortunately, although it is wonderful to travel and we strongly recommend it, unfortunately it is always time to pay special attention. Of course, we strongly recommend that you come and, following some basic safety precautions, and the ones you recommend are excellent, travel is always highly recommended and something fabulous to do with your family. Great ideas now travel and enjoy 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      October 4, 2019 @ 7:56 am

      Thanks. It is always advised to travel safe and smart.

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  6. jenni
    October 3, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

    Excellent tips I keep getting emails for people saying they will sort out my visas and they are changing way more than the price of the visa. Until I started travelling I wasn’t even aware of where to get visas but now I always go through our government’s website.

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    • dankiteski
      October 4, 2019 @ 8:10 am

      Thanks, Jenni. That’s another way to avoid those scam artists.

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  7. Heena
    October 4, 2019 @ 7:01 am

    These are the most prevalent rip-offs that we suffer if we miss a single thing on our advance trip planning. I have personally experienced most of these and I can totally relate to tour operating getting disappeared, excess baggage fees, currency conversion, and debit card charges. It is very frustrating and hard on the pocket.

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    • dankiteski
      October 4, 2019 @ 8:14 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more Heena.

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  8. Shane Prather
    October 4, 2019 @ 10:13 pm

    These things can be such a pain when you’re far from home! Especially the money oriented ones. I’ve had my card skimmed and thousands of dollars taken out of my account while overseas which was the scariest and most frustrating thing. Great precautionary tips to keep safe!

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    • dankiteski
      October 5, 2019 @ 6:49 am

      Thanks, Shane. I can fathom how you must have felt, that is indeed the most terrifying thing which could happen to you while being at oversea.

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  9. Christopher Mitchell
    October 5, 2019 @ 7:25 pm

    This is a good list for people who are thinking of getting more into travel, but might not have the confidence just yet. Thanks so much for putting this together!

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    • dankiteski
      October 6, 2019 @ 10:41 am

      Thanks, Christopher. I am glad you liked it.

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  10. Aditi Sharma
    October 6, 2019 @ 6:06 am

    Great post – these are definitely things that we need to keep in mind to have a more smooth travel experience without ending up paying in excess. I can completely imagine how upsetting it must be for someone to find out their travel plans went haywire since they hadn’t booked with reputed and reliable tour operators. Generally, we prefer to book and plan our travels on our own but it’s great that you mentioned about the ATOL-protected companies. We always inform our credit card company about our upcoming travel plans to avoid the situation of ‘unusual activity’ but as you mentioned the credit card transaction fees are definitely something that need to be considered. Those credit card transaction fees and the excess luggage fees can add up to the expense so quickly. Very helpful tips in this post to help plan travels better.

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    • dankiteski
      October 6, 2019 @ 10:43 am

      Thanks, Aditi. It is always advisable to know the basic scams before you sail.

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