Category Archives: Trouble

Travel writers share their worst travel scam experiences

Tweet “What was the worst travel scam you’ve ever fallen for?” Doug Mack asked me during the second round of drinks at a recent “meeting.” The soon-to-be-published travel author had just returned from a trip to Havana, Cuba, where he and his girlfriend had been victim to the “I meant…

A traveler’s guide to coping with detainment and bribery

Tweet This is a follow-up to my traveler’s guide to coping with arrest. Far less disturbing than being arrested while abroad, but statistically more probable, is being detained for a minor or non-existent violation and being intimidated into bribing your way out of the situation. Coping with detainment and bribery…

A traveler’s guide to coping with arrest

Tweet [International readers: though this piece was written for an American audience, I hope you’ll find some portions of general interest.] Before I get started, I’d like to unequivocally state, for both the readers and the person that originally suggested that I write this piece, who fancied that I’d know…

Budapest restaurant scam – Let’s be careful out there

Tweet Hey, this is just a friendly public service announcement for you travelers to stay cognizant of some of the older scams that are still alive and well all over Europe. A friend of mine was just burned by the old menu switcheroo scam in Budapest last week, an art…

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