Warning! Holiday Souvenirs To Avoid

Warning! Holiday Souvenirs To Avoid

Travel to any popular destination in any part of the world and you’re guaranteed to see two things: tourists and souvenir shops. While it’s fun to bring home a memento or two from your travels, some of the things you can come across on the road include counterfeit products. As the saying goes, ‘if you can make it they can fake it’. Today, it’s possible to buy anything from counterfeit alcohol to prescription medications on your travels, but some souvenirs are more than just illegal bargains, and can have serious, or even deadly, consequences. Take luxury perfumes, as one example. They are often sold for a fraction of the price, but likely produced in makeshift labs, and contain toxic ingredients and aren’t subject to any regulation testing. And when it comes to alcohol, while many travellers plan to save a few bucks on their favourite tipple by hitting the airport duty free shop on the way home, if you see your favourite vodka on a foreign street at a price that appears to be too good to be true, don’t be tempted as it probably is. Then there’s cigarettes. Those made by legitimate producers are produced to strict standards, while fakes in some countries have been found to contain anything from soil to rodent droppings. And counterfeit medicines is also big business today, from prescription meds to over-the-counter products such as pain killers and anti-diarrhoea remedies, typically products which travellers often need on the road. And finally, while toys make popular souvenirs, when it comes to fakes children are more vulnerable than most to the potential health and safety risks they pose. Besides being made from banned toxic paints or dyes, they may also contain small parts which are not allowed in regulated products, and which are a common choking hazard with children.



May 28, 2018 @ 21:37

The first time I went to Bali, I took a tour with a private driver. He was great, friendly and so helpful. During a drive to the one of my destinations, he said he needed to make a stop at an art gallery. He suggested I take a look inside, which I did. Half an hour later, I left with an extremely overpriced painting! In hindsight, it was all planned by the driver and the owner of the art gallery! I was a victim of a tourist trap! I have the painting on my wall now just as a reminder of a very expensive life lesson!


May 29, 2018 @ 12:48

Great tips! I've had a few souvenir disasters myself. The beautiful Morrocan ceramics that shattered in my suitcase and the big collection of kaftans that I've bought but never worn. They look great on the locals but just don't look right when you get them home!


May 31, 2018 @ 00:42

Yes, souvenirs and bargains in other countries are not always what they seem. I have even purchased clothing that not only is a cheap take - off but the chemicals used in the fabrics are toxic and can cause massive allergic reactions. Buyers beware on all items that seem like a bargain at the time. You could be seriously injured or become seriously ill from your purchases, costing you far more than what you saved.


August 21, 2018 @ 12:48

This is really good advice, we brought back some perfume from Thailand and it was fake...made my wife's friend's skin breakout :(

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