Travel Tales: Pickpockets & Other Thieves


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THIS SERIES Over the last few decades, I’ve interviewed nearly 2,000 world travelers and adventurers. I am weaving the best of their nearly 10,000 fantastic travel tales into a psychology of travel as revealed by these very telling stories. These are travelers I’ve encountered on planes, trains, buses, ships, tours, safaris, and in campgrounds, bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. These courageous travelers have freely shared their most personal travel experiences, some good and wonderful and others even horrific and life-threatening, which I, in turn, get to share with you now through my True Travel Tales series.

THIS BOOK is a collection of very scary travel stories of pickpocketing and theft in travel. If you are pickpocketed or robbed we hope you manage to escape in your travels with only minor consequences. This book is a collection of the fearful and potentially dangerous sorts of things that can and do happen to travelers on occasion, but mostly these will not happen to you. You’ll read examples of the real, raw fear and very unsettling occasions that may pop up now and again in your travels. This book includes true tales of the variety of robberies, thefts, assaults, scams, some cons games, and even close calls of kidnappings (yes… a form of theft, after all). Also included are tales of successes and failures in connection with all sorts of travel situations including chases, foiled kidnappings, bandits, sexual harassment and attacks, roadblocks, scary places, trips from hell, borders, and police, hitchhiking, international spying, smuggling, intrigue, and sometimes merely being in the wrong places at the wrong times. Also included is, say you just happened to catch a pickpocket. What then? What in the world do you do with the pickpocket?