The Newest Tourist Scam, Another Reason Why Southwest Rocks, Why I Want To Visit This Airport, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Oh Great, Uber Drivers Have Another Way To Scam Passengers (But You May Be Able To Get This One Refunded)

Every time I experience or hear about another scam that some UBER drivers participate in, I think I’ve heard it all. So far there’s been:

And these are all things we’ve experienced or others, who also follow the seven rules of being a good Uber/Lyft passenger, have.

But nope, I haven’t heard it all yet, because I just heard of yet another scam invented by ride sharing drivers…

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6 Scams To Be Be Aware Of When Visiting New York City

New York City gets over 60 million visitors per year. There are a whole lot of tourists in that number and unfortunately, they’re the people – the ones who don’t know any better – that shysters and con artists prey upon.

I grew up in New York and learned how to deal with these jerks from a very early age. For me, it’s easy – don’t give eye contact, don’t talk to them, and, if need be, let them know I’m a local and know better (OK, so I haven’t lived there in almost 20 years [OMG, has it really been that long?] – I still can act like a New Yorker like the best of them. In fact, it comes right back to me the second I step off the plane LOL). But if you’re a tourist in NYC, these are a few scams you should watch out for…

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Carnival & Midway Games: The Science Of The Scam, And How To Win

‘Tis the season for local carnivals, fairs, festivals and lots of other events that, at least in the U.S., usually includes soft ice cream, corn dogs, kettle corn, funnel cake, fried stuff on a stick, and “spin and puke” rides. Probably in that order. 😉

When I was a kid, the things I loved the most at the carnival were the games of chance. Whether it was squirting water into a clown’s mouth, aiming a whiffle ball to land in a red cup or trying to break balloons with darts, I was positive that I could beat the odds and win that 3’ plush Snoopy I had my eye on. Unfortunately, although I spent a whole lot of money trying, I never did win that Snoopy. But I did win a working kid-sized blender on a carnival roulette wheel once when I was about six or seven.

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We Know Better & Still Got Caught By One Of The Most Common Tourist Scams Out There

When returning from a trip to the United Kingdom, I was going through the stack of receipts I threw in my luggage while reconciling my credit card statements. Everything was looking fine until I came up to one that looked a little off. It only took me a few seconds until I figured out what happened. Sharon and I were taken by one of the most common scams foreigners fall for when traveling overseas.

Dynamic Currency Conversion. 

This is a practice where the vendor, in this case, a restaurant, takes your charge in a foreign currency and converts it into your home currency, while charging you a convenience fee for the service.

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