Scams to Avoid while Travelling

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The taxi overcharge

It starts right from the airport. The driver may give an excuse that the meter is defective or have one that is faster. Know the cost of travels so that you can use it as reference.

The shell game  

This may involve a street card game or hiding a ball in a cup and someone guessing where it is and winning money. The temptation to bet more money may result in huge losses.

The wrong change

Some countries’ currencies look the same. Given a bunch of similar colors it’s easy to mistake the currencies. Make sure you count your change immediately.

“Come in for tea and help me write a letter!”

Someone will entice you into their business premise then pressurize you to buy their goods since they have given you tea. Do not follow people into their premises.

Motorbike scam

Owners of rented bikes may demand payment for alleged damage on the bike. Capture using a photo the state of the bike before you start using it. Keep the bike safe.

The flirtatious woman

Such women will make you pay exaggerated bills or even orchestrate your drugging and robbing. Do not entertain such women.

Your attraction is closed for lunch

Someone will tell you that your preferred attraction is closed then directs you to an alternative place where you’ll be forced to pay highly. Ensure you know how the attraction operates.

The “found” ring

Someone will pick a ring on the ground, ask if it’s yours and when you say no they’ll try to sell it to you claiming it is gold. When you buy it and try to sell it back home you realise it’s actually fake. Do not buy the ring if the deal seems too good.

The drug deal gone bad

Someone may offer to sell you drugs; a cop appears and asks for a bribe to let you go. Don’t buy drugs in foreign lands.

The fake petition

Someone will come to you with a petition to sign, in the process they ask for cash. They may pick pocket you.  Ignore anyone coming to you to sign a petition.

The switcheroo

You purchase a designer item at a low price but just before it’s packed a switching is secretly done. Watch out always what’s being sold to you while avoiding deals that look too good.

Your accommodation is “closed”

The taxi driver may give this information or opt to take a longer route to your destination. Insist on going to your original destination; use your phone’s GPS/Google maps to identify the shortest routes.

Free bracelets/rosemary/anything they can put on you

Money will be demanded for the item and a scene created when you refuse so that you just pay to avoid embarrassment. Reject the items firmly and politely.

The spill on your clothes

Someone intentionally spills something on you, and then begins to clean it off apologetically aiming at pick pocketing you. Avoid very close contact with people. Insist on cleaning up yourself.


These are some of the most common scams targeted at visitors, tourists or travellers. Do not fall victim to these scams on your travels; always be on the lookout for people who are out to take advantage of you.



One of the best things about traveling to new places is the food you get to sample along the way. Nibbling snacks can quench the occasional hunger pang while on transit, but nothing satisfies the palate better than a local restaurant recipe that reminds you of a home-cooked meal. Traveling means among other things experiencing and interacting with the place you are visiting. Nothing gives one the true experience of a place than the local recipes.

Below is a list of the best food-joints in the world:

Istanbul, Turkey


If you travel to Istanbul, make sure you stop by Zübeyir Ocakbaşı. It is a great grill and restaurant where they serve Adana Kebabs. These are a combination of lamb and lamb tail-fat, flame grilled with sumac and Aleppo pepper spices.

Bogor, Indonesia


In Bogor Indonesia, the Sundanese feast is served on a mat of banana leaves placed on the ground. Rice is then piled in the center of the mat and finally, all the tangy, tasty dishes are carefully sprinkled around the rice. The meal is the traditional family meal that brings everyone together to the table- this is truly a home cooked meal.

Amman, Jordan


Tawaheen Hawa is a restaurant in Jordan which serves the best Mansaf in the world. It is ideally a tasty blend of rice, lamb and fermented goat milk/ yogurt (jameed).

Jeonju, South Korea


In Jeonju, Lonely Planet serves the best Makgeolli which is an alcoholic brew made using rice and is a Korean favorite. Once you order a kettle of the drink, the waiters serve braised pig feet and live octopus to with it.

Mumbai, India


Gomantak Boarding House Restaurant in Mumbai is famous for Bombil fry. You will be surprised to discover that the famed Bombay Duck Fry is actually a lizardfish. It is best served with Malyani curries.



Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is a restaurant in Singapore offers food that is a combination of Chinese and Malays cooking recipes. The best meal on the menu features The Pangium Edule the locals call it babi buah kelauk. It is a nut cooked in pork that brings out the true flavors of the two cultures.

Muscat, Oman


Mathabi Salah in Muscat is the place to visit if you enjoy camel meat and rice. It is usually served on a metal tray to serve four or five. The meat is cooked till tender and the camel hump will feel like silk in your mouth.

New York City, New York

Eat spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods, located in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall where they serve the most heavenly hand-pulled noodles. The thick noodles and lamb chops are served with a healthy amount of chili, cumin, and Sichuan pepper.

Hong Kong City, Hong Kong


Kau Kee restaurant is always packed and is famed for their prime brisket noodles and brisket tendon curry. They also serve roast goose that will leave your tastebuds wanting more.

Lisbon, Portugal


Cervejaria Ramiro is renowned for its variety of seafood such as; crab, clam, prawn, oysters and goose barnacles. The restaurant also serves steak sandwiches if you are interested in going on feast-mode.

So there you have it, if you happen to be in one of these cities, make a point of sampling these foods for some of the best meals you will ever have for lasting travel memories.

Happy travels. 🙂



The ultimate checklist of things to do in Belgium

Belgium is one of the countries that are offering tourists a great experience. There are many things that you can do, and many places that you can go to, when you are touring through Belgium. However, there are a couple of things that you need to do when you are in Belgium. Without doing these things, you will not be able to have the full Belgium experience. This is the ultimate checklist of things to do in Belgium:

Eating Belgium chocolates

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are living. The one thing that everyone knows is that there isn’t another tastier chocolate than the Belgium chocolates.

And, when you are visiting Belgium, you have the best opportunity to taste these chocolates that are expensive in other countries. You will then agree that this type of chocolate is the best chocolate that you have ever tasted, and you will want to take some of these chocolates back home with you.

Drinking a variety of craft beer

Something that you might not know is that Belgium isn’t just popular for their chocolates. They are also popular for their variety of delicious craft beer. And, you need to make sure that you are going to taste as much variety as possible when you are visiting this country.

This is an experience that you will not get anywhere else, and you will be surprised about the different tastes these beers have. Many beer lovers are traveling to Belgium just for tasting different craft beer.

Canal cruise in Bruges

Something completely different than eating Belgium chocolates and drinking craft beer, you should make sure that you are going for a canal cruise in Bruges. Even, if this means that you should travel to get to Bruges. You will not regret the travel for taking a canal cruise.

This canal cruise is giving you an experience that you will not have anywhere else. There might be some other canal cruises that you have taken before, but when you are taking this cruise, you will realize that this is the best and most beautiful cruise that you will ever take. It is breathtaking and it is something that you just need to do when you are touring through Belgium or when you are on holiday there.

Belgium. They are offering you some things that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Their chocolates and their craft beer are just two examples of things that you just should taste when you are visiting this country. However, you should also make sure that you are going on a canal cruise in Bruges. This is going to be a cruise that you will never forget. This is worth the while to have these three things on your list of things to do when visiting Belgium.