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Apr 15

3 More Travel Scams (How To Avoid Them)

By NoManToYou | Application , Life , Travel

Be vigilant again!

In a previous article we touched on three of the many scams that you may encounter on your travels, from taking a ride in a cab to using your gadgets on public wifi. Below, there are three further scams to watch out for and how to avoid them:

  1. A closed attraction

This travel scam is common among major tourist locations. A random “friendly” local (who probably also speaks very good English) approaches you, informing you that the attraction you were looking to visit is actually closed, for any possible reasons (e.g. religious, national holiday). They will then happily guide or bring you to a different shop or attraction where you will be pressured into buying something or pay over the top for entry.

Avoid it:

Visit the ticket office or shop front and find out for yourself if it is closed! Alternatively, you could ask a local who is willing to help.

  1. The group photo offer

At a busy tourist attraction or landmark, a local will offer you to take a big group photo with your friends. As soon as you start getting ready for the shot, you look up to discover that your new photographer friend has completely vanished, along with the expensive smart phone or camera.

Avoid it:

This is a tricky one to judge, you really need to analyse the situation well. Busy attractions in cities are typically the most risky of places for this scam. If you really need to, ask a fellow tourist to take the photo and exchange the favour.

  1. Motorbike/scooter rental damage

You rent out a scooter or motorbike. It seems to get damaged overnight, or worse again it gets stolen!

The owner demands additional payment or tells you that repairing it will be expensive and wants compensation. But what you didn’t realise is that it the owner or his associates was the bike thief.

Avoid it:

Get out your phone and take some photos of the motorbike first to document any previously visible damage. Buy your own lock to use, don’t use one provided by that rental person (who may really have the spare keys for it!). If possible, don’t tell the rental company where you’re staying and please also inspect that there is a secure place for parking the motorbike overnight.

More to come

As with my previous three scams and how to avoid them, it really is down to being vigilant and aware of the pitfalls of being goods and services in foreign places. Having your wits about you is key, so try to be of sound mind when you do go to buy something or ask for advice on something. Being under the influence gives scam artists the upper hand to take advantage of you, especially if it is night time and where running off could be a very easy option for them. If you haven’t already done so, check out my other article on 3 Travel Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

Feb 15

You Are What You Share – How Social Media And Technology Is Affecting Your Personal Life

By NoManToYou | Application , Life , Technology

Have you ever wondered why some people like or share certain things, I certainly have? Nowadays, an account on social media has become our digital ID. We all have different personalities, behavior, and patterns and various social media give us an opportunity to express ourselves. But, at what cost, have we lost a tough with reality and is our personal life at risk? Not many people would agree with this statement because for them networks such as Facebook and Twitter are a way to relax and have some fun.

Does social media reflect your personality


I could say that in some way this is true. Based on our personality we will share individual posts, like specific pages and accept friends based on our character. The social media is now representing our personality in a digital world. But, this all can be deceiving as well, we might be under the influence of some online trends, so we decide to share and like concrete posts. For example, I have a Facebook account, and I am an active user, sometimes I just publish or post something which is popular at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I am thrilled about those things. Many people act in the same way, just to get the bigger number of comments or likes. In this case, I just want to give you the two sides of the same coin. It all depends on the personality of the individual.

Social media can change you

Social Media And TechnologyWith the use of social media, you get a chance to change and design your brand or your name. But, that doesn’t mean you are the same person in real life. Many people use networks like Twitter and Facebook to promote their business and to increase popularity. We often fail to mention the things we consider our fault, but we highlight other parts of our personality and appearance we believe are the best. Social media accounts used in this way, in most cases are deceiving, and we have a hard time recognizing what is the truth and what is the lie. On the other hand, some people use social media to promote their personality the statement “you are what you share” can be applied to them. You just need to be able to recognize them.

Do your posts and likes really describe you?

Social Media And Technology

It all depends on a person, as we already mentioned, there are two types of people on social media. One type is in search on popularity and likes, and the other kind is here to express its personality and thoughts through posts, pictures, and likes. I would say that 50% of users are honest and the other half is just pretending.

Jan 22

The Problems With Social Media Monitoring – Do You Feel Safe While Traveling

By NoManToYou | Application , Technology

As a professional blogger, I understand the importance of privacy, especially since will all live in a world of smartphones and Facebook. Unfortunately, not all people are aware how social media can be a dangerous place to store your private information. Nowadays, everything has become transparent, I personally don’t have a problem with that, but at some point, you need to draw the line and set up some boundaries. There are just some things that should stay private. In this blog post, I am going to discuss privacy and how you can protect your personal information.

Think before you share

Social Media MonitoringMany social media users like to share pictures from their trips. In some way, this can be an interesting way to tell your friends about the places you have visited. But, what happens if someone abuses your personal information, especially if you have posted photos of your children. Luckily, nowadays, many social media have found the way to help you limit the flow of information. You now have an option, to publish posts only your friends can see. But, it’s up to you if you are going to use it. I strongly advise you to utilize this option because the safety of you and your family is one of the most important things.

Think who are your friends


Even though Facebook promotes a rigorous measure against an invasion of privacy, you can never be safe enough. Reflect on the list of friend you have on this social network and how well do you know them. We have many examples where people accept “friends” without even knowing them. This is a reckless and very dangerous decision because you don’t know who is behind those accounts. They might just be spying you to get more information about you, for example, who is your family, where do you travel, where do you live? Next time you accept someone as a friend on any social media, think about these things.

Lock your posts

Social Media Monitoring

If you own a personal social media account and you have no interest promoting your business or blog, I suggest you to lock your posts and your account. This is the safest way to protect yourself. For example, if you are traveling to some remote destination, someone who became friend with you for a particular purpose, can see your posts, know where you are, and rob your house.

 

Dec 01

How Can Facebook Application Trends Affect Traveling

By NoManToYou | Application , Technology , Travel

Considering that millions of people are active on Facebook, this social media has become a new Google. Ever since Facebook implemented ads on its platform, many users discover new things, places, and gadgets through them. In the last decade, Facebook has become a massive mega force and now is changing the way how people think and behave. So, let’s see how Facebook is affecting traveling.

It promotes travel applications

Facebook Application Trends Affect Traveling

Many tech companies use Facebook for the purpose of marketing. They market their apps on this social media, where many people have access to it. So, in this way, they shape the public’s opinion and affect their choice of destination. Recently, many travel apps have appeared on Facebook, and people started using them as a very convenient solution to choose or review a certain destination. Now, users have a chance to see what is right for them and what to avoid. In the past, this has been passed along in person, but now people have become a part of this virtual community where everything is transparent.

Hotels, resorts, and tourist organization apps

Facebook Application Trends Affect Traveling Sites like Facebook are used as an excellent online marketing because of the vast accessibility. Many hotels, resorts, and tourist agency target people through this social media. They are offering them a possibility to download their app, through Facebook. Many users will seize this chance to explore something new, to connect with people and to hear their experience, rather than trying something for the first time on their own. Through these apps, you can book and pay for the hotel room, read the reviews of other users and explore interesting things site can offer you. The Facebook application trends have become a powerful weapon, which has one goal, to attract a bigger number of visitors to a certain destination and they are succeeding in that.

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