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European Train Travel – Validate Your Ticket Before You Board

POSTED January 12th 2015 BY Travel Writer
Train and Rail Travel Tip Every European Traveler Should Know  Validate your ticket using a machine BEFORE you board, or risk being thrown off the train and fined. This is something that is not done in the USA, however, it is something every first time traveler to Europe needs to know so they don’t end up with a hug inconvenience and possible large fine.  In many countries...
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How Much to Tip the Housekeeping Staff

POSTED September 22nd 2014 BY Travel Writer
You tip your hair stylist, you tip the waiter, do you tip the housekeeping staff when you stay in a hotel? The quick answer that etiquette experts recommend is $2-5 per day.  They also recommend that you leave a tip daily. Housekeeping staff can change daily, and you want to make sure the person who takes care of your room gets the tip. A lot...
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France – Found-Lost Gold Ring Scam in Paris – Video

POSTED August 3rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
Beware of the Lost – Found Gold Ring Scam The “lost ring” scam is one of the oldest and most famous of the tourist scams in Paris, as well as all across Europe.   There are several versions of this scam and is dependent of the scammer. How the Scam Works In essence the “lost ring” or “found ring” scam, which is based on the simple act...
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Train Scams and Pickpockets – What to watch out for

POSTED August 3rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
The following are few security tips to help protect your valuables when you travel trains in Europe.  These tips were sought out from train police officers, train conductors and tour operators who operate or work in and around passenger train/subway systems throughout Europe.  One thing to point out – thieves and scammers like to look for tourists at train stations and on trains themselves for...
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France – Watch Out for the Infamous Paris String or Friendship Bracelet Scam

POSTED June 23rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
A Famous Tourist Scam in Paris, France This is a very popular scam in Paris (as well as other tourist cities in France and Italy).  It is known by several names such as the “String Scam or the “Friendship Bracelet Scam” or the “Paris String Scam.” Where the String Scam Occurs One of the most common Paris locations where you’ll find the Friendship Bracelet Scam practiced...
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Tips on How to Avoid Lost Luggage

POSTED June 10th 2014 BY Beth Williams
Bags get lost, stolen, opened by dishonest employees, or break open while being handled. The occurrence rate for this is low, but it does happen. Nearly 1.8 million pieces of luggage were lost, stolen, or damaged by major U.S. airlines in 2012—and that’s just on domestic flights. That is a mishandling of 3.09 bags per 1,000 passengers. These tips on how to avoid lost luggage will...
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