Violent attacks on tourists are rare, but when they do occur, they are big news.
The publicity about a tragic but isolated incident can paint an inaccurate picture that reflects widespread danger. It can turn tourists away in droves from a destination.
Travel writers often fear that focusing on petty crimes at the street level will have a similar impact. After all, it isn’t fun to be concerned constantly on crime prevention, fearing a rip-off is waiting around every corner.
But it does pay to at least examine travel scams at street level. There can be a financial benefit that comes from sidestepping common traps.
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