With these nasty tricks you will now be ripped off on vacation

If you want to go on vacation this year, you have to dig deep into your pockets. At least if you want to go abroad.

Because of the high kerosene prices, flights are more expensive than they have been for a long time and hotels have to recalculate in view of the increased energy costs. Food and drinks are also more expensive, making breakfast buffets and all-inclusive hotels more expensive.

Despite the high prices, the travel industry is pleased with the increasing number of booking requests.

Spain, Greece, France, Portugal and Italy in particular are very popular in the first post-corona summer. There is a week in Crete in August in a three-star hotel for around 1,400 euros. The so-called Bulgarian Black Sea coast is much cheaper at 389 euros per week. But in addition to hotels and flights, there are also nasty exorbitant prices lurking in the holiday area that you should know about.

Flying drink sales

Are you relaxing on the beach and being offered a cold beer? Flying drinks vendors have established themselves particularly in Italy and Spain. They sell cool drinks. As soon as travelers show interest, the bottle or beverage can is opened and paid for directly. The price is only available afterwards. Those affected should then pay 7 to 9 euros for beer. The highlight is that out of shame, travelers do not return an opened can or bottle or do not want trouble.

  • FOCUS Online advises:
    Ignore such “flying drink vendors”. It is better to visit beach bars or supermarkets nearby and buy drinks there. A beer is around three euros, a cola for two euros.

exchange offices

Especially non-EU countries with high inflation are lucrative for German vacationers. However, other currencies apply in these countries. Black sheep among the exchange offices in the Czech Republic, Turkey or Bulgaria try to rip off holidaymakers.

  • FOCUS Online advises:
    Always check the current daily exchange rate – and very important: Be sure to ask at the exchange booth for the current exchange rate and any fees that may apply. Perfidious providers lure with a cheap rate, but then charge a processing fee or a high commission, which can be a maximum of eight percent. At 200 euros that would be 16 euros. In the end, you get less foreign currency for your euro bills.
  • Use only authorized bank exchange offices, often no processing fee or commission is due here. In addition, there is always the current exchange rate.

Ice cream for five euros

Italian associations have already announced price adjustments for ice cream. Two scoops of ice cream are available for around 3 euros on average, Italian media reports unanimously. In the previous year, the average value was 2.50 euros. In highly frequented tourist regions, travelers pay this price for a scoop. In Florence and Venice, some ice cream parlors also advertise prices of up to five euros per scoop.

Travelers will also find similar prices on Mallorca, Malta, Sicily, Gran Canaria, Crete, Corfu and other popular holiday islands.

  • FOCUS Online advises:
    Compare prices at the ice cream parlor and select by location. Prices are higher in front of attractions or on the beach. Locals are also out and about in inner cities. The prices are significantly lower.
  • Watch out for mobile ice cream vendors. In Greece, you can easily pay eight euros for a waffle cone on the beach. It is cheaper to get the ice cream from the kiosk. The magnum ice cream is there for less than four euros.

The trick with the bracelet

In Bulgaria and Greece, promoters repeatedly approach holidaymakers. They want to put a bracelet on those affected and invite them to a party. However, they should make a donation for this. Anyone who pays falls into the rip-off trap. There is no party in the evening. The wristbands are just a ploy to appeal to travelers and swipe the money out of their pockets.

  • FOCUS Online advises:
    No matter how sympathetic you are towards her, refuse to sell you any products, jewelry or bracelets.

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