Travelers Share Tourist Traps Around The World

Discovering a new country can be absolutely thrilling. Checking iconic sites off your bucket list, chowing down on some sumptuous local cuisine, and just soaking in a new culture. 

Unfortunately, it’s not always smooth sailing, especially when you encounter tourist traps. A Reddit thread posed the question, “what are some of the worst tourist traps you have encountered?”

Redditors went IN and shared the dark side of travel.

Read on to learn some tourist traps to avoid around the world.

Friendly locals will greet you, start a convo & ask your name. Before you know it, they’re carving your name into traditional woodwork to sell to you. 

Hey! What's your name? -Fiji

They’ll be upset when you say you don’t want it, and they’ll say they can’t sell it because your name is on it already & will follow you down the street reducing their price until you finally agree.

If you visit Vatican City, on the way to the Vatican, there will be people trying to sell you tickets, as “the queues are very long today.” Ignore them.

The queues are long today in Rome...

In Turkey, shoeshiners “accidentally” drop the brush in front of you, then offer to clean your shoes after you stop to pick them up. 

Your shoes are dirty- Turkey

Our taxi made “a quick stop” at a travel agency. One of the salesmen came out speaking perfect English trying to trick us into buying every type of tour, hotel, dinner.

Tricky salesmen- Thailand

I went to London with my friends & we wanted to go to a certain club. We were discussing the club when a local man overheard us & offered to take us.

I can walk you to the club- United Kingdom

He brought us to the nightclub, and we thanked him profusely. We joined the queue and on entry had to pay £15. Apparently, the club had no entry fee.” 

At most tourist spots, photographers will compliment you, take pictures of you, then charge a lot for the pics. You have to be rude because they’ll start following you.

Can I take your picture?!- India

“Our hotel told us taxi drivers get pretty aggressive with money. When we took one, we asked the cost & the driver said, “100.” We asked whether that was in Yuan or Dollars.

Dollars or Yuan?- China

When we got to the hotel, she locked the doors and demanded 100 dollars (not Yuan). Luckily, the hotel staff were watching and came over and handled the situation for us.

When you go to Iceland’s airport have a meal there & stock up at the duty-free shop & dodge Iceland’s impressively high tax on prepared foods and alcohol.

Don't sleep on the airport food- Iceland

“Do not ride the donkeys or horses at Petra. They are terribly mistreated by their handlers and are often forced to carry more weight than they can handle.”

Animal cruelty- Jordan

“The Staten Island Ferry (New York) is FREE. If people are trying to charge you for tickets, they’re scam artists.”

Scammers gonna scam- United States

There's a lot more to getting around these traps. need more tips?