You’ve been diligently putting away funds each month toward that dream holiday. You’ve put together a list of places to see and things to try and you’re already envisioning yourself enjoying the sights and sounds of a place you’ve been desperate to tick off your bucket list. Finally, the time comes for you to pack your bags and take that big trip. But your dream breakaway turns into a vacation nightmare in seconds when you arrive at the airport or hotel, only to be told bookings were never made. Or worse, the hotel you have a booking with doesn’t even exist! You’ve fallen victim to a devastating and expensive travel scam…

With online bookings making it easier than ever to plan the perfect vacation, more people are being taken for a ride by scheming ‘travel agents’ eager to get their hands on your money. And the losses can often be detrimental, with holiday goers losing tens of thousands of rands that they’ll never get back.

However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the dreamy vacation you deserve.

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