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“40 Tourist Scams to Avoid This Summer” – by Just The Flight

Looking around I found this blog post by “Mark” on justtheflight.co.uk from July 18, 2014.  Even though it is a couple of years old I found the information still extremely relevant and hope that Ind0-Scarf customers will be well informed before their next travel.  If you have a story of a scam or know of an additional way that thieves are taking advantage of tourists please leave  a comment help everyone stay informed.  I hope you enjoy the blog and info-graphic below.

“Tourists are often the most vulnerable to scams; they are probably unfamiliar with the surrounding area, are often in need of help and information and tend to be trusting of locals, are likely not to question what they see or are told, often cannot speak the language where they are, and are probably carrying large amounts of cash and credit.
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Re-Integration: The follow up – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 2/10/16 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 7/7)

Conrad and Lawrence returned home after 3 days of Airports and Airplanes
Conrad and Lawrence returned home after 3 days of Airports and Airplanes

“Now that I’ve been back in the U.S. for over a month, I have been able to reflect on most of what happened during our trip.  There are so many People, Places, Foods, Activities, and Memories for to look back on and smile about whenever I want, which is sooo cool. When someone who didn’t have a chance to keep up with my blog asks me how the trip was and what we did, I have absolutely no idea what to tell them.  When I wrote my blog, I summarized, paraphrased, and probably excluded over half of the things that occurred.  In 6 blogs I wrote nearly 10,000 words, so summarizing my trip even further to people typically results in a more vague response to these questions. I usually resort to “it was amazing- it was enlightening and I did/saw a lot of cool things.”  Not the best description, but the best I’ve been able to come up with after experiencing more new things in the last 3 months than in the last 5 years.
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Cambodia: The land of Treasure and Treachery – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 11/29/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 5/7)

 

Angkor Wat - "Heaven on Earth"
Angkor Wat – “Heaven on Earth”

“Rounding out the end of our second month of travel we headed to Cambodia to experience a country and culture that I knew next to nothing about.  Although we were close to the Cambodian border when visiting Da Lat, Vietnam, the itinerary is much more difficult than the 3 hour drive that you would predict when looking at a map.  It takes a 7 hour bus ride back down to Saigon in order to catch a bus heading west.  Definitely a hassle, but allowed for one final Vietnamese pub crawl (+ a free t-shirt) and running in to a few friends we had met in other locations.  The next bus early in the morning was a quick 8 hour trip over roads that are more suitable for a 4-wheeler or dirt bike. This drive was broken up by a lovely stop at the border where we got stuck in limbo after a French girl on our bus decided to sit on the security guard’s table which spiraled into everyone’s passport being held hostage and having to wait while the bus guide pleaded and bargained with border patrol…. Piece of Cake?!
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