Check out the tips below to avoid getting ripped off while traveling for the holidays.
The “hacking and slashing” of tourists is very common in tourist destinations, especially during the holidays, causing people to both lose money and get angry. The tips to avoid “hacking” tourists below will help you have a smooth trip from April 30 to May 1.
Find information about your destination
Thanks to the internet, you can easily look up the necessary information about the destination in advance to prepare. Before each trip, you should find out specifically about where you will go, how to move, how to eat meals – snacks, the price there is expensive or cheaper than where you are living, the From there, you will be more active in your trip, encounter less unwanted troubles, and avoid “hacking”.
In addition, there are many forums and review sites on travel topics with lots of useful information that you can refer to in advance. This is how you become a smart tourist, avoid the “pricey” spots, sell at sky-high prices.
Book a room, book a tour early
The major tourist destinations are often very crowded on holidays or weekends. You need to book a room or book a tour 30/4-1/5 as soon as possible because the demand in these days increases very strongly. When you book early, you can choose a nice room, good service quality, convenient to travel, especially good price and not pressured.
Do not be too greedy to be cheap, but blindly believe in the advertising of discounts and “terrible” offers. Maybe they shouted the price up several times and then lowered it, or charged a lot of extra costs later on. It is best to choose hotels with clearly listed prices.
There are many travel and hotel forums for your reference. When choosing a hotel you like on that forum, please check the hotel’s official website (if available) to better understand the price and amenities, furniture in the room.
Ask the price, choose the restaurant with the price listed
To avoid being “hacked” when traveling April 30 to May 1, you should choose restaurants and eateries with prices listed. Before ordering, check and ask for the price, ask carefully about additional fees that may be charged such as seats, sun umbrellas, paper towels, taxes, service fees, etc.
When ordering food, you should also choose something suitable for your destination, for example, if you’re traveling to the sea, you should order seafood instead of forest specialties, if you go to the mountains, don’t order seafood because the cost will increase a lot. Diners are often afraid to ask for prices because they are afraid of being “home”, afraid of being judged by their companions as having little money. In fact, asking the price before eating shows that you are a smart diner.
In addition, you should carefully check the invoice before paying because errors can always occur. Restaurant owners in tourist destinations often have a variety of tricks to increase the table by a few dishes, even if you do not order. Therefore, you should review the invoice before paying.
Don’t be afraid to haggle
Another essential when you’re traveling is not being afraid to haggle. Male tourists are often afraid to pay the price, so they buy more expensive products and the seller does not regret paying a high price. Even women should be careful to determine an acceptable price for the item they want.
In some places, you have to bargain 50-70% off the price stated by the seller, but there are places where you only need to reduce 10-20%,… If you’re not observant, it’s very easy to buy the item with prices are “in the sky” and there is a feeling of being cheated.
Prepare necessary supplies
Traveling on the occasion of April 30 to May 1, you should prepare all necessary items such as swimwear, sunglasses, hats. If you have to buy these things at the tourist area, you will have to spend double or triple the money. That’s not to mention when buying things at a tourist area, you have very few choices in terms of design, size and quality.
If possible, bring drinking water and food, in case the restaurant is far from the tourist area.
Save hotline phone number
When faced with a situation of being “cut and slashed”, many tourists often suffer the battle without being able to protect themselves. The best way when encountering that situation is to immediately call the phone number of the authorities where you come. This both helps to ensure your rights and avoids disputes and conflicts when the seller intends to attack.
The phone numbers you need are: Hotline reflecting local tourism status, regional police, hotel where you stay…
Make friends with the locals
There is nothing better than having family or friends living in the place you are going to travel. You will not have to worry about being pinched when you go with them. In the absence of loved ones, you can actively get to know people or ask the help of hotel owners, drivers… for advice on places to go and not to go, how to buy sell and pay. You can also ask them to come with you while shopping if they don’t mind.
Do not follow the “stork”
Most of the crowded tourist attractions have “storks”, from “storks” of motorbike taxis, “storks” of taxis, “storks” of hotels to “storks” of restaurants, “storks” of souvenir and specialty shops, etc. You must be very alert to avoid being lured into a trap. “The stork” is the factor that helps the restaurant owners try to “chop” tourists.Because they have been agreed in advance about the amount of money to be shared when they “catch” customers, they often try to entice customers, even force them. tie. In those cases, you should be careful and be very “solid” to avoid losing money.
Buy original specialties
If you intend to buy gifts, visit the local craft villages to buy souvenirs and fresh produce. When buying from the source, the price is always cheaper; You have the opportunity to learn about how to make unique, high-quality products.