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40 Top Tourist Scams December 29 2018, 0 Comments

We are all aware that scams and thieves, no matter where you may be in the world, target tourists. They're continually evolving their methods for beating new prevention gear and for ripping off unsuspecting travelers, sometimes with dire consequences.

 

 

Below is an infographic from justtheflight .co.uk that outlines the top, most used and most effective scams to watch out for to ensure you don't become a victim.

Of course, the most effective method of keeping your valuables safe from harm is to put The Clever Travel Companion's gear to use.

 

40 Top Tourist Scams

 


10 More Retirement Travel Tips March 05 2018, 0 Comments


1. Consider Timeshares

Some timeshare companies will offer prospective buyers a free stay at their property in exchange for sitting through a sales pitch presentation. Beware of this option, though. Even people with nerves of steel sometimes have a tough time walking away without signing up.


2. Rent an RV

After the initial investment, a recreational vehicle (RV) offers an excellent way to travel to scenic mountain, beach and other outdoor destinations without airfare, hotel costs or big restaurant bills. If buying an RV isn't in your budget, consider renting one through a local RV outfit or a national site such as Cruise America.


3. Downsize Your Belongings

One way to raise cash for travel is to thoroughly downsize your belongings. Now that you have time, go through everything you own and consider how many possessions you actually need. Put the rejects on eBay, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or hold a good, old-fashioned garage sale or yard sale at your home. Put the cash you raise toward future travel.


4. Use Rewards Credit Cards

It can be tough to keep track of which credit cards to use to maximize points that can be redeemed toward travel, but with more free time in retirement, you can research ways to maximize your cards for travel rewards such as free hotel stays and flights. A caution: Since travel credit cards tend to have above-average interest rates on purchases, carrying a balance could cost you more than any travel rewards you earn.


5. Consider a Home Swap

Now that you're the boss of your schedule, you can be flexible around the schedule of people who might want to swap homes in areas you'd like to visit. Check out home-swap websites such as Home Exchange, where you can begin the conversation with someone who might like to stay in your home and you stay in theirs.


6. Take Advantage of Free Days

Many museums and other cultural institutions have select days of the week or month when they're open to the public for free. Call and ask if they have retirement discounts, too. 


7. Be Flexible With Flight Dates

Since you don't have to be back home by any certain date, always search for flexible flight dates. You might be able to save hundreds on the same route by being willing to stay an extra night or two or to leave home a few days earlier. By being flexible, you can save a lot of money and stay immune to travel mistakes.


8. Travel Spontaneously

It probably was difficult to get time off work at the last minute, but without that as a consideration, retirees can save significant money on travel by being on the lookout for last-minute travel deals and specials through airline websites or discount travel sites. A number of apps, such as HotelTonight, make it easy to find such specials.


9. Use Coupons

You might not have had time to search for coupons and online deals when you were working, but now that you have more free time, you can properly look for coupons and discounts for any destination you're thinking of booking. You can use a site such as Groupon to find discounts and ideas for activities you're interested in once you've reached your destination.


10. Do Some Research

Spend a few hours or even a day at home planning your trip and your daily activities online. If you're headed toward a tourist area, the tourism board there will have a website that lists popular attractions and discounts. 


5 Tips For Cutting The Cost Of Traveling November 21 2017, 0 Comments

Traveling to any part of the world is not cheap and can cost a lot of money for people that do not early and begin their journey looking at brochures distributed by tour and travel operators. Hotels, car rental, tours and airfare can all cost a hefty sum for individuals who may not want to indulge in heavy expenditure.

The commercials, which are generally seen on the TV and magazines, are regularly featuring high-end vacations and promoting resorts and cruises, which are unaffordable to most. However, it does not mean that a traveller who is careful cannot cut the cost of travel by planning in advance. It is for such travellers that we are offering 5 tips for cutting the cost of travelling.

What can an individual to cut back on the expenses of travel?

Enroll For A Travel Related Credit Card

Travelers can accumulate thousands of miles without even moving out of their home when they enrol for a travel-related credit card. They can utilise the sign-up bonuses, which are offered by airline credit cards to accumulate the miles. Most carriers are offering a branded credit card with about 30,000 to 50,000 bonus points when signing up. Travel related other providers also offer credit cards and the miles accumulated can save the intending traveller and lot of money by way of airfare.

Being Flexible With Flights Is Also Beneficial

Minor changes in travel plans can save travellers a bundle of money especially if they’re purchasing tickets for the entire family. The changes do not have to be drastic and travellers just need to plan their travel during the week rather than the end of the week.

Traveling Off-Season Will Also Prove Helpful

The summer may be the best time to visit Europe but travellers are likely to pay a higher price for everything because they have decided to travel during the rush season. Traveling during the shoulder seasons or after the peak season has ended will prove helpful and make them liable to receive plenty of discounts.

Searching for Hotel Deals

Searching for hotel deals should be high on the minds of travellers because it is the best way for them to get affordable accommodation. Browsing through the Internet travellers can come across a number of websites, which are all offering great deals throughout the year. People will make travel plans in advance will become eligible for discounts which may not be available at the last minute.

Using Alternative Methods Of Traveling

Travelers do not need to book airline tickets for every destination they plan to visit. Train tickets in Europe will be available at a cost of 50% or less if the bookings are made two weeks in advance. When used appropriately a rail pass can save travellers hundreds of dollars.

People that are planning a vacation are advised to consider all aspects of their travel and make bookings well ahead of time because it is the best way to cut the costs of travelling. Spending some time browsing on the Internet for the information needed will not only prove beneficial but will also save the travelers enough money to plan for another trip without wasting a lot of time.