A Pro Traveler Reveals the 5 Scams American Tourists Fall for Every Time

If you've ever been involved in a travel scam, you'll know how utterly frustrating it is—not only that you've been duped, but that you allowed yourself to be fooled. Shouldn't you have known better? According to professional traveler Matt Kepnes, author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and founder of travel site Nomadic Matt, there are a number of red flags everyone should be aware of.

"Avoiding scams requires a lot of common sense and a healthy dose of suspicion," writes Kepnes, who admits he got scammed multiple times on his first trip overseas to Thailand. "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Don't fall for the same tricks—these are the five most popular scams he says to be aware of on your next trip.

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