02/19/2013 07:17 am ET Updated Apr 21, 2013

10 Scams Modern Travelers Need To Avoid

Travel is one of life's great pleasures, so it is little wonder travelers are more interested in researching which sites to see and which restaurants to visit than finding out what scams they have to watch out for.

In a foreign country or city people let their guard down, relax, and often behave in a way they never would back home, leaving them open to highly organized tourist scams.

These scams often play on the traveler's kind and trusting nature, desire to save on holiday purchases and lack of local knowledge.

It is difficult to say how many of us have been fooled by these scams as victims often don't realize they've been caught until it is too late and many are simply too embarrassed to admit being taken in by a simple con.

The travel experts at have put together a list of the top 10 travel scams to watch out for around the world. The key piece of advice: Keep your wits about you and learn from past travelers' mistakes. And, most importantly, always find the local number for the police and, if in doubt, call them.

10 Travel Scams To Avoid