Pickpockets are everywhere when you travel, so you're obviously gonna want to be wary of strangers bumping into -- or “accidentally” spilling a Fresca on -- you while meandering through a crowded plaza.That's exactly when the pickpocket's partner swoops in to snatch your wallet or phone. Also, take note of motorcyclists/dudes on Vespas driving irrationally close to the sidewalk as you amble around town; they are looking to cut your bag strap and drive off into the sunset. Which is just one more reason you should be rocking a fanny pack -- they're coming back, catch on now!
How to avoid it: Other than following our handy guide, make it difficult for pickpockets by keeping your belongings hidden. Guys: put your wallet (and phone!) in your front pocket. Women: keep your closed purse (preferably zipped) in front of you.
What? You scored a crazy unbelievable deal on tickets to a sold-out show of Jersey Boys in Belarus? It seems too good to be true because it probably is -- at least if you bought the tickets from a random hawker and not the actual ticket counter. Also, why are you seeing Jersey Boys in Europe? That's crazy.
How to avoid it: Only buy museum, theater, and bus tickets from authorized vendors.
The taxi driver refuses to use the meter or claims it's broken before charging you eight times the standard fare for a two-block ride back to your hotel; or after turning on the meter, the driver takes you in circles just to keep it running, thus lengthening your trip without you noticing that you just passed the same piazza three times but on different side streets.
How to avoid it: Study up on taxi rates by checking in with locals, and negotiate your fare BEFORE you get in the cab, so the driver can’t jack up the price when you arrive at your destination. If the car has a meter, make sure they turn it on as soon as you get in. If possible, know the way to your final destination to avoid taking the scenic route.
Bonus cab scam
Sometimes taxi drivers will claim they don't have change so that you have to fork over the bigger bill. Then they walk away with double the agreed-upon fare.
How to avoid it: Carry smaller denomination bills or coins specifically for taxi rides; if you only have the drachma equivalent of a C-note, though, insist that they take you somewhere to make change.