According to Dr. David Rapoport, director of the Sleep Medicine Program
at NYU’s School of Medicine, studies increasingly suggest that your
pretravel ritual is key: modifying you... More
In fall 2007, Saigon passed a law requiring helmets-helmets!-for all adults on motorbikes. (Children, for some insane reason, are exempt from this.) Overnight, the city was inundat... More
Travel light and leave the nonessentials at home.
Blend in. Don’t dress like an affluent tourist.
Trust your instincts. If something smells fishy, it probably is.
Ask your hotel ... More
The Scam: Before you walk through the metal detector at airport security, a
person from behind cuts ahead of you. As he tries to walk through the metal scan... More
The Scam: You’re paying a fare with a 50-lira note. The driver drops it
on the floor and switches it to a 5-lira bill, which looks very similar. He then arg... More
The Scam: A pedestrian bumps against you and drops something. “If you
pick it up and attempt to return it, you’ll find you’ve got a bagful of banknotes and ... More
The Scam: As travelers with suitcases wait for a cab, a man rides by on a
bicycle, slices the strap of a seemingly random woman’s purse, and rides off with ... More
The Scam: Bus 64 passes many of Rome’s most famous historic sights, so
it’s hugely popular with tourists—and pickpockets. Working in teams of three or four,... More
The Scam: Here’s a variation of the Newspaper Attack, as told by Peter
Greenberg, travel editor of CBS ... More
Where: London but
could happen anywhere.
The Scam: “If there’s a commotion, assume it’s a fake to
distract the victim of a pickpocke... More
The Scam: Young and convincing “art students” befriend you on the
street and persuade you to visit their school’s gallery, where you find yourself getting a... More
Where: East Africa
The Scam: You drive into a small town, and a helpful bystander points out that
your wheel bearing is hemorrhaging oil. “In fact,” says Lo... More
Where: Rome and Paris
The Scam: “Someone, usually quite charming, comes up to you offering
directions or sightseeing advice. Suddenly, the person ties a wov... More
The Scam: A passerby finds a gold ring on the sidewalk near you and agrees to
sell it to you for a ridiculously low sum. You soon discover that... More
The Scam: The perp “accidentally” squirts mustard on you while
eating a hot dog (it’s really a tube of mustard in a bun). Full of apologies,... More
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