Smart Traveling: 8 Ways to Avoid Scams On Your Honeymoon

Posted by Adam Warner

pickpocket001.jpgDon't let a scam artist or thief derail your upcoming honeymoon abroad. After learning these key travel tips and insights, you'll know exactly how to handle a wide array of tricky situations and keep your dream trip on the right track.

Know the local currency. By having a solid understanding of local bills and coins, you can prevent money-changing scams like the slow count. When exchanges are being made, be sure to pay attention so you know you're receiving the correct change. Be patient. Don't get shortchanged.

Don't let taxi drivers overcharge. Before getting into the cab, agree on a flat fee or confirm the posted rates. And as stated above, knowledge of the local currency will ensure you're never getting ripped off.

Don't get fooled by young thieves or beggars. Never fall for any sob stories from "innocent" kids or teens on the streets.

Carry a money belt under your clothes. Fanny packs, purses, and backpacks are all easy targets, especially when you're distracted or in a large crowd. With a money belt out of vision, you'll instantly remove yourself as a potential victim.

Get to know the local law enforcement. Learn and familiarize yourself with the official uniforms to prevent any scams from con artists posing as police officials.

Don't fall for "the diversion." This is very common in crowded areas and has many different variations. Pickpocket schemes include beggars in your face, a fight, spilling sauce on your shirt, handing a baby into your arms, or dropping a bag or object directly in front of your feet.

The idea here is that by distracting you, thieves can swoop in and snag your backpack or wallet. Be alert and be prepared, especially when navigating through crowds. Believe that any diversion is a pickpocket attempt.

Keep all receipts. Whether it's a receipt from dinner or your car rental, keep all slips until you've had a chance to review your following month's credit card statement.

Use common sense. On most occasions, if something seems too good to be true, it is.

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