Are you afraid of travel scams?

The other day I had a shopping voucher from H&M of EUR 5 (AUD 7.42 / GBP 4.10 / USD 6.97). It became invalid the following day and I don’t wanted to buy anything that day. I offered a fellow shopper at H&M the voucher, she sort of jumped away from me and reclined my offer with a disgusted face. She was barely brave enough to mutter a no, or to even say thank you. Oh dear, there is so much talk of travel scams and con artists, but hey, we were at H&M in Berlin Mitte. As far as I know this isn’t the most dangerous place to be, right?

No need to see travel scams everywhere

Since I am not one who gives up easily I asked another shopper. He was from the US, gave me a smile, said thank you that’s very kind and took the voucher. I smiled back at him and left.

What about you? Are you afraid of others (out of habit) when you travel or do you give everyone a chance? I mean, you never know … that guy could have bought a big and delicious piece of cake with the money saved.

From Berlin with love


  1. Anonymous14:33

    Society has changed to the point that we have a hard time accepting someones kindness as just that... kindness. Instead, we push away because we have become conditioned to that. Too many salesmen and con-men in the world.

  2. Hi exploratoriablog,

    Thanks so much for taking the time and for your comment. I know there are a lot of con men out there ... but despite that, shall we not rather stay relaxed and not be overly suspicious? To push others away (without reason) is plain silly, minimizes the fun and is not really good for a community.

    From Berlin with love


Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.