I’ve only been scammed once since I started travel writing (knock on wood!), and it was, thankfully, very minor.
But I’ve seen many a scam happen.
I have a number of articles coming in the in-flight magazine for Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, SilkAir. The first one is about typical travel scams in Southeast Asia (and, yay, it merited a cover headline!).
Many scammers — especially in places still recovering from war, like Cambodia — prey on travellers’ desires to make a difference. So, in the spirit of promoting responsible tourism, I also give a few tips on how travellers, even those of the armchair variety, can effectively help developing countries.
Have you been scammed while travelling? Any lessons to share so others can avoid the same fate?