posted New Expat Tip Tool
on the Venezuela forum on May 14, 2013:
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IIf this is true do you know someone that will give me $1000 for mine and then I'll just go to the embassy and get another for a hundred or two. This is a hysterical article...
Excellent strategy, similar to my own when I was a constant traveler a few years back. I kept my "robbery money" in my purse and the rest of my valuable stuff was in a zippered pouch hidden in my clothes, with any really big amount riding beneath the insoles of my shoes. I would leave my passport in the entry/exit city with a reliable hotel or travel agent. Never ever did I admit to being American, I was always Belgian or Dutch (few robbers know much about their of those countries or what a phoney accent might sound like). When I met fellow tourists, I rarely was anything but an innocuous Canadian. These strategies got me through some truly harrowing situations. This was a few decades back, when--I am pretty sure-- things were far more lawless than today.