November 2008  
Playing It Safe
by Cameron Walker

Tout, scam, trickery, pickpockets, or downright theft can turn a trip of a lifetime into a lifelong lesson. Here's how to avoid bad experiences.

When you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your thoughts might drift to a tropical beach, a remote trek with snowcapped peaks as a backdrop, maybe a faraway market swirling with exotic scents, bright colors, and fascinating people. But what you don't likely envision are the ways a trip can go wrong. And, hey, we respect that. We're glass-half-full travelers ourselves. But just in case, allow us to present a few travel-savvy techniques to make your next trip come off like a dream, not a nightmare.

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