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How to avoid Europe's biggest travel rip-offs

Whether you go on holiday to top up your tan or broaden your horizons, make sure that money worries do not get in the way of your trip. We spoke to over 2,000 British travellers to find out the biggest rip-offs so you can avoid them and focus on having a great time.

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It starts at the airport...

You could end up out of pocket before you even get on your flight if you get stung with charges at the airport.

If you forget to print your boarding card, your airline could make you pay for the privilege of printing it for you:

    You could also get stung if your luggage exceeds the allowance:

      Where do you buy your travel money?

      8% of travellers bought their travel money from exchanges at the airport, which rarely offer the best rates.

      Top tips for avoiding pre-flight charges

        Don't forget your travel insurance

        Travel insurance can cover you against medical costs, theft, loss of your valuables, cancellations, delays and most other things that could go wrong on holiday.

        However, you will only be protected if you get a policy with the right level of cover.

        Everyone has travel insurance, right?

        45% of travellers admit to going abroad without travel insurance.

        Here is more on travel insurance

        Use our comparison to find your travel insurance

        While you are abroad

        Once you have arrived at your destination, you still need to be careful, as you could be hit with all sorts of unexpected fees and charges:

          Other unexpected costs include car hire excess charges, expensive taxis and using air conditioning in your room.

          Whatever services you use abroad, ask how much you will be charged first and read the small print.

          Even worse than these fees is the danger of street crime and theft: 23% claim they have been the victim of pickpocketing whilst travelling in Europe.

          29% know someone who had fallen victim to a scam at least once while holidaying.

          Europe's worst countries for travel scams:

            5 top tips for cutting costs abroad

              How to avoid rip-off roaming charges

              Although mobile networks have been forced to cut the cost of making calls, sending texts and using data abroad, roaming charges can still be a major holiday expense if you are not careful.

              43% said they were made to pay roaming charges whilst on holiday.

              Checking your emails and Facebook accounts on holiday can come at a high price even if you switch off the data on your phone: 36% of Brits were caught out by overseas Wi-Fi charges at their hotels.

              Top tips for keeping mobile costs down

                Read our guide to avoiding mobile charges abroad

                When you return

                Stop your holiday from ruining your finances

                You might not realise how much a holiday has actually cost until you get home:

                  If you plan to use a prepaid card or credit card abroad, the fees it charges can make a big difference.

                  Read our guide and choose the best way to spend abroad

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                  No matter if you are travelling far afield or planning a long trip, you can find the right cover for your travels by comparing our best travel insurance deals.