Have You Fallen for One of the Top 11 Travel Scams in Europe?

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7. “Cheap” Transit Pass

Transit systems vary greatly from country to country. In one place, you may be allowed to use a transit pass over and over again, while in another they may be a one-time deal. It is common for locals to prey on unsuspecting tourists by attempting to sell them used and useless transit passes outside of transit stations. Always purchase your transit passes from the transit officers themselves. If what these fraudsters were selling you was so valuable, why wouldn’t they keep it for themselves?

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8. “Fixed” Taxi Fare

Upon your arrival at any European airport, the weary traveler will be faced with a mass of local taxi cabs just waiting for you to mess up. Prior to arriving in any country, make sure that you speak to your local hostel or hotel so you know what an appropriate fee for a taxi ride from the airport to your destination will be. A lot of taxi drivers will have printed “set” price lists that lull you into a false sense of security. Just because they printed it out ahead of time doesn’t make it true, and these lists are often way overpriced.

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9. Free Photo

It is common at many of Europe’s greatest sights to find photographers who are willing to take a “free” photo of you, only to find out that the taking of the photo was free – but the photo itself is not. Once the photo has been taken, often on a Polaroid that prints immediately, it’s very difficult to turn down as the friendly photog has already used up his precious film.



8 Bizarre Ocean Phenomena

The ocean is storied, deep, and complex. Whether it is the folklore surrounding Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle, or the weird-looking fauna and flora that arise out of it, the ocean is a great source of fascination. In fact, only five percent of it has been properly explored, leaving plenty of gaps for our imaginations to fill in.

Worst Celebrity Statues from Around the World

We buy their albums, tickets to their movies, and all the products, brands, and questionable colognes that they endorse. Surely that’s enough to quell the hungry egos of some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Well, not exactly. You see, immortalization via cultural significance, world records, and millions of dollars sometimes isn’t enough. Tradition dictates that our celebrity idols need to be re-created in gold, bronze, wax, and stone, so not even the elements can dismantle the memory of their monumental rise to the top.

How to Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

If you’re an active traveler or live in a uniquely historic part of the world, chances are you’ve been exposed to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This phrase is thrown around frequently. When we first hear it, the first thing that comes to mind is that it must represent something historic and old. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are famous buildings, landmarks, or areas that are renowned because of their beauty and historical significance.