Travel scam warning: 14 classic scams travellers fall for

Tuk tuks are a common form of transport where travellers get scammed.

You will get scammed. That’s a fact. It’s an inevitability. If you choose to travel the world, to go to far-flung and interesting places, then you will, at some point, get scammed. You will get tricked out of your money. It will happen.

There’s no shame in it. I’ve been scammed on multiple occasions in various different countries. I’ve been tricked by cab drivers and swindled by “students”. I’ve been taken for a ride by friendly people, and fooled by a few nasty ones.

When you travel, you’re at a point of weakness. You’re a stranger in a strange land. You don’t know how this place works. You want to be polite and respectful. You don’t want to cause a fuss. You might be jetlagged or hungover or just completely discombobulated by this whole experience. And that’s when the scammers swoop.

If you love to travel, there’s a very good chance you would have been done by a few of these classic tricks.

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THEN AND NOW: Photos that show how glamorous traveling on trains used to be

I sincerely wish trains were still a predominate way to travel.  I love them.

train travel coffee side by side

Planes may get you where you’re going more quickly, but there’s something to be said about taking the scenic route aboard a train .

While you might have romantic notions about riding the rails, train travel isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when people packed their belongings in posh trunks and drank Champagne in luxurious dining cars.

To illustrate how glamorous train travel once was , we rounded up photos from the 1910s to the 1950s and compared them to images from the present day.

Read on to see what train travel was like in its heyday.

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These Crypto Nomads Are Using Bitcoin (And Ether) To Travel The World

Bitcoin. Litecoin. Ethereum.

Cryptocurrency. What was once seen as a tech fad is now being considered one of the top investment vehicles in the world. Kim Kardashian is even getting into BTC now.

But as speculation drives prices high and low, a small group of enthusiasts are still dedicated to using these currencies for actual monetary exchanges. Call them the crypto nomads.

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Lepers, riots and porn: The bizarre life of a travel writer

I’VE had knives pulled on me, become embroiled in a porn scandal, got caught up in an airport riot, and been chased through a leper colony by a drunken gang. And that’s just during work hours — the life of an Asia-based travel journalist is truly strange.

After nine years working for daily newspapers in Western Australia I moved to Thailand to become a freelance travel journalist and photographer. I’ve spent the past five years travelling constantly all over Asia and Europe while basing myself for a few months at a time in each of Bangkok and Ireland.

At 35 years old I’ve visited more than 50 countries for my travel writing and photography work. These are four of the weirdest things that have happened to me during my five years as a roaming travel writer.

Seven Awesome Yoga Retreats For Novices And Pros At World-Class Spa Resorts

Take a world class resort hotel in Italy’s beautiful mountains, add a yoga retreat, and, well, sign me up! The first Adler resort opened in 1850 and has been consistently among Europe’s best ever since. The small and specialized company now operates four wellness-themed, family friendly spa resorts in Italy, one in Tuscany and three across the Dolomites – including within a UNESCO World heritage Site. Adler’s properties have always had the aim of offering guests programs that blend daily exercise, healthy nutrition, relaxation and regeneration, with lots of mountain hiking and in the winter, skiing at the largest interconnected series of ski resorts in the world. This fall, three of the family-run spa resorts are adding new yoga programs to its focus on health and wellness. This will enhance a trio of resorts that are already fantastic destinations.

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Irish castle resort takes top place in world travel survey

Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with ‘Travel and Leisure’ readers

The World’s Best Awards survey results, taken by Travel and Leisure readers, are in and Ireland took the top spots when it comes to the best castle resorts. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa took tenth place, Dromoland Castle took ninth, Ballynahinch came in at eight, Ashford Castle came in fifth, Sheen Falls made number three while Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with readers. For the full list of winners visit

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Film commission launches Map of the Movies contest

The local film commission is launching a contest they hope will bring visitors to the shooting locations of some of the biggest movies to be made on the North Coast.

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission’s contest starts Aug. 1 and is based on its Map of the Movies, according to a commission press release. Published in 2014, the Map of the Movies includes permanent markers at more than 30 filming locations of feature films made in the Redwood Region over the past 100 years, according to the press release. According to the film commission, it’s one of the most popular free activities for locals and tourists.

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Getting blitzed on vacay can void your travel insurance

Today, a piece from Travel Market Report draws our attention to the fact that alcohol consumption can nullify travel insurance, meaning you might not be covered for injuries from falls after drinking or being refused seating on a flight due to intoxication. Policies vary, but as the report notes, “for most insurers, intoxication is an exclusion for all plans.” As a writer currently traveling for work, isn’t it funny I’m currently shifting uncomfortably as I type this sentence, thinking of the six-pack she has in her hotel mini-fridge?

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