Ordering without a menu while traveling can cost you dearly

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Pickpockets, street scams, and tourist traps are all things people know to watch out for when traveling. However, stopping for a quick drink and a bite to eat can turn into a lot of financial trouble if travelers aren’t careful. Recently, a couple vacationing in Greece stopped for a few drinks and some oysters at a restaurant called DK Oyster. When they asked for the menu, the waiter listed a few different drink options instead of holding up the menu verbally. Red flag! Always hold the physical menu Before ordering, or it could cost you, as it did for this unfortunate couple.

Woman eating and drinking champagne after a trip to Greece

In total, they ordered a dozen oysters, two beers and two cocktails. When they got the bill, the couple realized they had been charged $510! They, like many, thought the bill was flawed. When they tried to complain, a group of older male servers surrounded them until they agreed to pay. They never looked at the menu, they had no recourse. They eventually ended up paying with the intention of trying to appeal to their credit card company after their trip was over.

Outdoor cafes you can visit in Greece

How to avoid being overcharged

No one wants to be on the hook for outrageously priced drinks or food, and you have several tips to avoid this from happening.

  • Never order without looking at the menu first Shows the price of the item you want. Ordering without looking at the menu makes your arguments against high prices worthless.
  • Although it may seem like it takes some ease from experience, Try checking TripAdvisor reviews for your desired restaurant or bar. If the above couple had looked at DK Oyster’s 2.5 stars and the many reviews urging travelers to avoid this place, they might have saved themselves some money.
Young woman looking at a restaurant menu after a trip to Europe

Other things to see during the trip

While it’s easy to spot an outright overcharge for something that should be much less expensive, there are other things that travelers should be aware of when traveling. Sometimes it’s as subtle as knowing local trends, and other times it’s looking for credit card charges. Here are a few more things for travelers to consider:

Bread and water at the restaurant
  • local custom. For example, in Italy, as soon as you decide to sit down to eat instead of standing, the price of a meal goes up, often double!
  • Learn what’s free and what’s not. similar to local custom Tip, it is important to know what items you have to pay for. For example, in most places in the US there is no charge for ordering water, and some restaurants offer free bread to start the meal. However, in many places around the world, these items will cost you, even if it’s tap water.
  • Service charge. There are some restaurants; They don’t do anything. Just make sure you know that your ticket will have an extra 10-20% tack on at the end of your meal, so it doesn’t surprise you.
Woman looking at receipt at meal

When it’s time to pay

When the meal is finished and it’s time for the final bill, inspect it carefully. If all goes well, you’re still not out of the woods. Make sure that when it comes time to pay, you physically stick to the following tips:

A customer paying for a meal
  • If using cash, be sure Get as close to the exact change as possible. It may also be a good idea to count the money in front of the waiter. This will prevent them from telling you that you didn’t give them enough when they walk away.
  • If paying by credit card, Make sure they charge in the local currency. Credit card exchange rates will be much better than anything the restaurant itself offers.
People drinking and enjoying food on a sunny day in Dublin, Ireland, crowded streets in a post-Covid world

Be smart when you travel

It can be frustrating to encounter situations like being overcharged or ripped off, but those who take precautions shouldn’t run into too much trouble while traveling. If the worst happens and you find yourself in a situation like the one in this articleTry not to let it ruin the rest of your vacation And enjoy the time you have left.

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