Whether you need advice on how to handle a situation or need to report a problem, you should have these phone numbers on hand:
– Your embassy’s emergency hotline.
– Local police (including tourist police where available)
– Your travel service and insurance provider
– Roadside assistance (if you’re driving)
Your family at home should also have a copy of these numbers. Both the Canadian and UK Government have warned of scams where a family member receives a call in the middle of a night saying that their loved one has been hospitalized or arrested and urgently needs money. Having a back up plan – such as knowing where to reach you and how to get in touch with the local embassy on your behalf – will override the sense of panic and prevent financial loss.
If you read enough about travel scams you might begin to feel a little paranoid about traveling. It’s important to remember that most people are no threat, and they are willing to help if you find yourself in trouble. The fear of being scammed shouldn’t deter you from meeting new people and seeking new experiences. The majority of travellers don’t experience any problems, but a little research and know-how can help head off any risks.
Australian Government Travel Advisories
Better Business Bureau: Travel-Related Fraud is on the Rise
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: Scams
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice
US Department of State: International Financial Scams
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