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You decided to book an appartment this year instead of a hotel. Well good for you because it is by far way cheaper! But before you come into the ski resort, you better buy some things before.
You can eat in the restaurants that are in resorts but this is going to cost a lot. You can also eat at your place, which you should do.
But before you come up to the mountains, be sure to buy everything you need and you want to eat. The prices in the Alps ski resort are atrocious. It cost around the same price than in the big expensive cities like Moscow or Paris.
So if you want to save money, buy everything you can where you live and bring your own food. Or you can also buy what you need deep down in the Valleys before going up the resorts. That will be far cheaper!
If you want to visit the northernmost point in Europe, the North Cape is the place you want to visit. But what you will see when you will be there will be kind of odd.
On the Mageroya Island where the North Cape is located, you will discover a wondeful scenery. It is truly the definition of the Arctic lands that Norwegians live in. You will then carry on to the North Cape and you will find out that the Northernmost point of Europe, as it is branded, is not. As you will pay the fee to enter the “area”, you will go and face the Barents Sea and look at your left, just to see that a peninsula is indeed, further North.
If you want to go the Northernmost point of Europe, you will have to hike to it, as there are no roads to get there, but at least, it will be free.
Last thing about the North Cape entrance fee. Check the website and the prices related to the Entrance : they will try to sell you the most expensive type of Entrance, maybe for things you don’t care about. In the end, the thing you want to see is the “End of Europe” and not some move for 100 NOK more.
If the price is lower than usual, it is fake. 100% sure it is.
In the Summer, you will find “markets” that sell any type of products like (fake) jewelry, designer products or clothes and you can be sure that, with such a low price, it will be a fake one.
Never buy this kind of product because if you get arrested on your way back to your country by the customs, you will have to leave everything to them and they will destroy it.
And most of the time, the quality of these products is litteral garbage, that even can be a health hazard.
Never buy cheap products because its cheap : it’s fake.
The most common of scams is the cab driver quoting a steep price for a short distance.
Once I arrived by bus to Bratislava, I took a cab to my hostel. Since my internet wasn’t working I did not know how far the hostel was. The driver stated that he would charge by the meter. Once I arrived at the hostel (which was a short trip), the driver demanded 30 euros.
The funny part is that I traveled all the way from Budapest to Bratislava for 2 euros (by bus) only. I have taken taxis in Europe before, so I knew he was surely overcharging me. But, there was no way to negotiate, I ended up having to pay 30 euros.
I have been approached by numerous such cab drivers across Europe and Asia. I have noticed such incidents take place outside of airports, bus terminals, and train stations when the drivers know the passengers are tourists.
One of the travel scams I’ve experienced before was in Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines and a known tourist spot.
We stayed at a homestay and the owner told us that instead of dining at restaurants, she can prepare meals for us so we’ll save money. Restaurants in Batanes are quite pricey not just because it’s a tourist spot but because most of the ingredients are sourced from other places. Moreover, it’s fairly difficult to transport the ingredients due to the rough seas and strong winds which, at times, hinder planes from landing safely.
Anyway, we asked the owner several times as to how much the preparation of meals will cost us. She said it’s just cheap and again, she said it’s cheaper than dining at restaurants.
Since she just prepares homecooked food and because she was super nice, we just let it be. Homecooked meals, after all, are presumably cheaper than Italian food, gourmet meals, and etc. offered in restaurants. In addition, people living in Batanes are known to be honest and they even have honest stores.
On our last day, when we asked for our total bill, my entire family and I were completely shocked. The bill was way over our budget. In fact, since we don’t have enough cash, we had to deposit the balance when we returned to our hometown.
The experience has taught us a valuable lesson to be not too trusting even if the person seems very nice.