Holiday scam warning

Travel experts explain have to navigate the tourist hot season and avoid the traps.

With a recent Travel Republic survey having found that 93 per cent of Britons repeat the same holidays, travellers are flocking to the same destinations year on year.

Having highlighted which restaurants are ‘safe’ or which offer the most similarity to menus back in the UK, certain areas in Europe are always densely populated.

As such, these are key areas for holiday scammers who lure British travellers into their trap.

So how can you avoid the tourist mayhem and dodge the holiday scams this year?

Travel experts explain have to navigate the tourist hot season and secure the best deal.

Dining abroad is a tourist scam that catches a lot of British tourists out. The language barrier and an unfamiliarity with local cultures means restaurants often whack up the prices upon hearing the English accent.

Frequent flyer and author of The Spaghetti Traveller, Tom Bourlet, explained: “Lunch time is when the queues and crowds reach fall force. It can be difficult to get out of bed early while on holiday, however you might want to have the hotel breakfast that little bit earlier so you can arrive at the venue as it opens.

If your hotel doesn’t offer breakfast at this time, have a word at reception the day before and they will normally happy make you something for earlier so you can collect directly from the reception in the morning before you leave.”

Being the first the breakfast will ensure to miss the lunch time rush and ranked up prices later on.

Unbeknown to the majority of travellers, the holiday scam prices start before you’ve even arrived.

Travel expert Frank Brehany explained: “Brits like a good deal.”

He went on to add “Once you get past that all important point on cost, it is simply a case of sun, sea and sand that completes the picture of what makes any destination appeal to travellers.”

Holiday scam advice

Certain areas in Europe are always densely populated with tourists

Try to book your flights as they are released

Tom Bourlet

As such holiday providers hike costs during these months knowing British holidaymakers will buy into this holiday option if they’re told they’re getting the best deal.

There are however, a few way to keep these initial costs low even when travelling during peak season.

Matt Fox, Founder and CEO of Snaptrip told the Express.co.uk: “To avoid the inevitable tourist ‘mayhem’ during peak times, wherever possible, holiday goers should leave it as late as possible to book trips.”

Booking last minute will considerably reduce costs on your accommodation. The later you leave it, the more you’ll save.

Tom added: “Try to book your flights as they are released. Do not book them in January, as they tend to jump up in price as the demand shoots through the roof.”

Matt went to to explain that holiday cottage and apartment providers cut down their prices when they have no bookings to prevent any unsold inventory.

“The combination of booking as close to your preferred date of season will save you a lot of stress, money and time in planning your trip”, revealed Matt.

Holiday hotel scam

Being the first the breakfast will ensure to miss the lunchtime tourist rush

Choosing the right destination to begin with helps when navigating the tourist mayhem.

“Destinations which have increased in popularity offer a good guarantee of sunshine and hot weather, and are available for a good price compared to other destinations with a similar offering,” revealed Frank.

Margaux Marshallm founder of thelonetravellers.com revealed to the Express.co.uk that this trend in British travellers flocking to the same destinations can benefit those looking for a deal and a less crowded holiday destination in August.

He revealed: “You will find that some areas are real hotspots for tourists such as coastal destinations but usually very busy cities such as Paris can be quiet in August.

“This is the perfect time to stroll the quiet streets of Paris on a warm summer’s night! Also thinking outside of the box can not only mean you avoid busy tourist areas but also that you can discover amazing new destinations more cheaply.”

Alongside Paris in August, Margaux advises that travellers searching for a bargain should consider Slovenia. “Slovenia has amazing weather, culture and scenery to be discovered with just 10% of Italy’s total number of yearly tourist”, he claimed.

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