When you travel, do you read the local travel news? Most of us do. We look forward to reading about the places we are visiting and marveling at the picturesque scenes that come with them. But did you know that not all travel news is as interesting as the stories in it?
Some travel articles are actually a form of advertisement for a particular travel agency. The travel sections of magazines and newspapers often have tips and advice columns that give information on where to get cheap airfare, what to pack for the trip, and other useful travel information. Some articles even offer reviews of hotels and attractions. This information, of course, is unbiased and provided by travel agents. The writer, not the travel agency, gets paid for writing the piece.
It’s good that there are travel news sites devoted to informing travelers about the latest destinations to visit. There are many reputable travel magazines that have entire sections devoted to travel. In fact, a quick Google search of “travel” will bring up many travel related articles. Many of these are written by travel writers who work for or freelance for magazines and newspapers.
The travel industry, which includes airlines, hotels, and travel agencies, is a large market with a lot of potential. However, there are also some negative aspects to the travel industry. One of the worst trends that has been noticed over the last decade or so is the increase of scam artists who take advantage of vacationers who are desperate for a vacation. These scam artists post false information on travel news sites and in chat rooms in order to lure in travelers.
Stories about scams are often splashed across the front page of popular travel magazines and newspapers. The unsuspecting traveler is quickly led down a dead end road if they are not careful. Scam artists also set up web sites purporting to offer expert advice about travel. When travelers contact the web site owners, they are instructed to send money in the hopes that they can get some sort of help or guidance about their travel arrangements.
While it is important to research any travel-related news story, especially if it seems too good to be true, it is also vital to be aware of the fact that many of the websites that contain travel related stories may be fraudulent. Careful review of any site that contains information about traveling is essential. Also, be aware of the scams that are taking place online. Review the Better Business Bureau for any reports of complaints regarding a specific company.