-Try to be familiar with the local currency.
-Make sure you are not served an under-priced bottle.
When you are abroad for holiday or a business meeting, no matter how short it is, depending on where you are staying, you might need to search out the local eateries and sample their cuisine to indulge a little during your stay there.
Note that in this case, if you decide to forgo cooking and eat out, you should be prepared to spend more money on the food.
Yet, eating outside does not mean that you have to spend a chunk out of your holiday budget as currently, some affected people have complained on the social media about how they were involved in restaurant scams which although is quite rare is true.
This means that you have to be on your guard especially when you don’t know the particular area involved.
Naijapr presents you with a few easy tricks for avoiding restaurant scams, and ensuring that you don’t end up with a hefty bill that is not on merit.
Try to understand the basic language
In order to avoid any misinterpretation while ordering or paying for the food, it would be better for you to understand the basic language.
Note that it would be a good idea for you to learn the language before you travel, but if you don’t have time to do so, you can turn to apps such as Google translate to help you avoid misunderstandings.
Try to be familiar with the local currency
Before you travel, make sure that you are very familiar with the local currency so that you would not make a mistake with the exchange rate and pay up more than is intended for your food.
Check the price
Double check the price to make sure that it includes VAT. Then when you are served the menu, you should try to checkout if it is translated into different languages as this tends to indicate that the food is a popular choice for tourists and may be rather overpriced.
Make sure you are not served an under-priced bottle
A common scam in most locations is to sell under-priced bottle of a known alcohol brand at an exorbitant amount to unsuspecting visitors. Therefore try to be vigilant.
Be careful with the bottled water
While trying to open a bottled water, make sure you hear the “click” sound while opening it as it is the sign to show whether it has been opened by someone else of it you are the first person to open it.
Travelers in India and Asia should take note of this as a lot of small kiosks sell fake bottled water.
Do a good background research before going to a restaurant
It would be a good idea for you to look at the customer reviews before you pick a restaurant. This way, you would be able to get access to the best.
In line with this, you can check sites such as TripAdvisor to get enlightened.
Be careful with your payment
Before you pay, always check the bill properly to be sure that you don’t overpay.
Also, as regards the tipping culture, try to find out if the tip is included in the bill or not so that you don’t over pay the waiter.
Complain if you notice any strange thing
If you are not satisfied with your order or you feel that you have been scammed, don’t stay. Try to complain to the management about it.