Tourist Traps or SCAMS in Rome, Italy to Avoid

Rome is gorgeous, beautiful, and breathtaking and there is so much to see and do. With any top tourist destination, there are usually people who want to take advantage of tourists. In this article, I will share with you some tips on how to avoid tourist scams.

Unauthentic Italian restaurants
These restaurants cater mostly if not exclusively to tourists. So why are they bad? Well, they will charge you outrageous fees for sub-par microwaved food. So how do you spot the knot? The first giveaway is there’s always somebody outside trying to shuffle you in. No restaurant known for their food or has good food in general will need this.

The other giveaway is if they have an English menu sitting outside of the restaurants. You will notice that most renowned restaurants have the English translations underneath them. So when there’s just an exclusive only English menu outside the restaurant it’s essentially telling you that this isn’t for the locals this is just for tourists.

The last but not least if they are minor blocks away from the huge tourist attractions. Whether it is Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, or the Pantheon these people are paying astronomical prices for rent. So unless they are well known and well established you will compromise on something and my bet will be the quality of the food and price.

Tourist Shops
These are the vendor carts or kiosk and they are most known for being right outside of the biggest tourist destinations or locations. Don’t get these confused with the food trucks you’ll find in other countries, these will charge you astronomical prices for water and when I say this, I mean like five Euros. Another thing is that their menu and their items are all listed in English which means it’s more for tourism and not the locals.

Avoid Street Sellers
There are the people who will try to hand you things or force you to take these things. Essentially, what I’m talking about is you’ll find several variations of these people. These people will hand you bracelets or they will nicely put the bracelet on your wrist and start a very polite conversation. Once you have done this, they’ll ask you for donations for their family back home and if you don’t give them the money they become quite hostile. I would advise just not to take the bracelets if you want to avoid conflict. You should also avoid those that try to hand you flowers.

San Diego Travel Guide – Things to do in San Diego

Over 30 million tourists visit San Diego every year and most of them are heading to the famous places in this city such as Legoland, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. Recently acquaintances of mine who own an Edmonton shockwave therapy clinic took a family trip to southern California and took in a lot of the sights. If you are planning a family vacation to San Diego, it is smart not to make spontaneous decisions about the attractions you would like to visit. You can save time and money if you pre-book your tickets.

The Weather
San Diego is considered being one of the US cities with the mildest climate, so you can visit this city 12 months a year. Try as much as you can to book your vacation between January and March if you plan to visit any of the popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld.

Whale Watching
San Diego is one of the best places in the United States to Whale Watch. One of the best ways to do this is to take one of the many cruises available here. Heading to the Cabrillo National Monument is another great way to spot whales in this city. You can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city from here.

Some of the best beaches in California can be found in San Diego. So if you are looking for a beach holiday San Diego is the best place to go. One of my favorite beaches in San Diego is Mission Beach but you can head to Coronado Island if you want to combine a day at the beach with sightseeing to enjoy its affluence beauty.

The Liberty Station
Liberty Station is a collection of converted buildings. This used to be a military base, and it has shops, cafes, restaurants, and markets. These are one of my favorite ways to experience the local culinary scene because you don’t have to travel very far to try different things. At Liberty Public Market, you will find restaurants, cafes, and a ton of food vendors offering every kind of dish you can imagine. There is also ample seating in and around the market. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Balboa Park
Spanning 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is probably one of the most well-known historical landmarks in San Diego. Here, you’ll find Museums, Gardens & the Zoo. If you ever visit, plan to spend a whole day here.

The Gaslamp Downtown District
The Gaslamp Quarter is a historic district in downtown San Diego where you will find a mix of shops, entertainment, and every kind of food. One place to visit here is The Doughnut bar. The Donut Bar features an inventive and locally sourced menu of doughnuts that changes daily and includes vegan options.