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All around the world tourists like you and I are an easy target for people with bad intentions. In most cases we are not familiar with the environment and we are at risk of falling for one of these tricks people may try to play on us. While some of these tricks are easily avoided, there are others that are much more difficult to detect, and some of us end up being robbed without even realising it. People in each destination have their own specific methods of trickery, but there are some obvious situations we should clearly avoid, so the good folks at easytobook.com have compiled some examples of what to watch out for. Please pay heed to the following advice, and also, if you feel you have further insight and assistance to offer fellow travellers, share your tips in the comments section below.
Street game tourist traps
The most out-in-the-open form of a tourist trap is the so-called street game. Street games are often very simple betting games where the instigator is able to earn quick money; victims are lured into these games by a sense of favourable odds. Here’s a decent selection of examples:
Hotels are some of the oldest public buildings on the planet, and are one of the few buildings in which people spend the night, other than their own home. As a result, hotels often have a rich history of events, occurrences and curious circumstances, both good and bad.
For this post, we tried to find the top haunted hotels around the world and tell you their story. Most of the hotels listed here have one or more instances of unfortunate events somewhere in their history.
Hotel Del Coronado, San diego
Paris. City of light. City of love. Paris has many names and according to many it is the city with the highest amount of interesting things to see per square kilometer! Everybody who visits Paris wants to view the usual suspects; The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe. There is, of course, more to do and discover in Paris. This blogpost will sum up some of the hidden gems to be found in Paris.
1. Hôtel Carnavalet
Like all major European destinations, Paris is very old, and the history of this enchanting city is beautifully shown in Hôtel Carnavalet. From Early Paris – known as Lutetia in the Roman times – to the Medieval city, to the Renaissance and the revolution, everything can be found the the Hôtel Carnavalet. The museum holds a huge amount of paintings, drawings, photographs, artifacts and beautiful scale models of ancient Paris. Location on Map
Everybody who travels uses luggage. Suitcases are often the weapon of choice to transport a person’s belongings. Whilst a suitcase is nothing more than a large case in different sizes which you have to carry or roll from point A to B, there could be situations where you wished your suitcase could do something more. That’s exactly what some designers or manufacturers thought, and they came up with all kinds of different uses and designs for suitcases.
Suitcases to sit on
I’ll start with designs for one of the most annoying things that can happen while traveling. Yes…waiting… If you have bad luck your feet are killing you and there is no chair around. In that case, these suitcases to sit on can help you out.
This first bag has a steel frame on which you attach the specially designed bag. The Steel frame incorporates a foldout chair which can hold a person up to 125kg. The bag can be detached from the frame in the event that it is not needed. Here you can find many more designs.
When the word “hotel” is mentioned, a few associations come to mind: vacation, luxury, weekend getaway, room service and more sweet connections. On the other hand, hotels can also convey less pleasant thoughts: money spending, unfriendly staff, greedy maid and early check out time. When thinking about it, hotels are an important ingredient of your vacation’s pleasure. That is why we decided to dedicate an entire post to hotels – did you know that? Funny facts; we wanted to share with you some cool findings we discovered about hotels and think are worth mentioning:
Did you know that Hoshi Ryokan is the oldest hotel in the world? Founded in 718, this traditional Japanese inn is located in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Hoshi Ryokan has been managed for the last forty six generations by the same family! It even got mentioned on Guinness World Records.
Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world; it is vibrant, close to the beach, it has great food and wine, it’s cheaper than Amsterdam and there are Zara shops on every street corner. Aside from a very fun weekend getaway, there is also a lot of interesting history to this city. That is why it would be wise to plan your weekend, or if you’re lucky, your entire week, ahead; if you don’t plan some things in advance you might end up soaking the sun and drinking red wine all day. I am aware of the fact that this option sounds just about right for some of you but still, first read our A-Z Barcelona list and get inspired by the city and all the great things it has to offer:
The first thing you will notice when arriving in Barcelona is the amazing architecture. Gaudi’s work (we will talk more about him later on) helped a great deal to shape the architecture in the city; creative and open minded.
You just booked yourself the best 2 week vacation. You already see yourself lying on the beach, cocktail in your hand, sun on your skin. You wake up from your dream realizing the constant returning agony of transportation to and from the airport for you and your travel companion, sometimes even with your children, and all your luggage. You live quite far from the airport, and friends often don’t feel the need to take you to the airport, especially with the sometimes crazy flight times. Wouldn’t it be great to drive to a hotel near the airport the day before you fly and park your car there for the duration of your vacation? You sleep in the hotel and the day after you start your holiday well rested. After your vacation you return to the hotel and pick up your car. This can become reality: lately hotels nearby airports started offering these special packages called “Park, Sleep & Fly “.
April starts. The first warmer days of the year arrive; birds start to chirp in the morning; trees are getting their green color back, and the Dutch are getting ready for one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the world called Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day. If you have never heard of Queen’s Day here comes a small explanation of what it is exactly.
You rent a car. The seat adjustment cannot be altered the way you want, making your driving experience less pleasant. You reach the center of a large foreign city where you have never been. Once you enter the city, the traffic is so intense and the traffic rules are so different from what you are used to that it almost freaks you out. If you are unlucky you even have to drive on the other side of the road! Because of all of this you don’t know where to look and without even knowing it you almost cause a collision and could just avoid hitting a local scooter. In short, a disaster waiting to happen… If you want to prevent this sort of scenario, but than on a bike in Amsterdam, read on.
Fleming’s world of international espionage certainly had the perks to match its danger; the scenery, the girls, the room service allowance…but you don’t need to don a tuxedo, win a hand of blackjack whilst drinking a vodka martini, and drive off in an Aston Martin DB5 with a Venezuelan beauty queen, just to follow in the footsteps of MI5’s finest.
It’s simpler for Bond fanatics to enjoy the safer side of intrigue by booking into one of the famous hotels around the globe that feature in the films, set amidst some of the series’ most fetching locations. If you’ve walked the famous corridors yourself, or if you’ve put in enough armchair hours to match the hotel with the film, or even if you’re simply curious as to see how well you can do, why not test your Bond mettle with our James Bond Hotels Quiz.
We will show you 14 images of hotels around the world. Do you know in which James Bond movies they appeared?
Just in case you don’t get it right first time, Universal Exports have provided us with some clues to help you on your mission. Whenever you choose a wrong answer a hint will pop up to help you find the correct one. Hint are primarily James Bond Movie related so in most cases you must have seen the movie to understand the clues!