Here is a list of the best ways to have your money stolen while travelling. Collaborated from ten years of world travel experience I hope that you avoid the pitfalls I have fallen into, good luck!
This travel scam originated in Thailand many years ago and still fools travellers today. On route as the travellers sleep, the luggage holds are opened allowing ample time for people to scrutinise the contents of your bag and take the cash you won’t know is missing until you reach a hotel.
In this case we need to be a little more inventive than presuming a ball of rolled notes are ‘hidden’ in a trouser pocket. Presuming you won’t miss one of these notes, one may be secretly slipped away. Remember that in most countries the maximum bank note available is ten dollars not 100dollars so even the ‘thief’ might not comprehend the amount that he/she has in their hands.
These pouches are designed to sit flat against your skin and can make you a little sweaty around the midriff. But remember you have brought it along for a reason and when you place it into your day bag and fall asleep on a night bus, it will be a ridiculously tempting target for thieves.
If you don’t trust your valuables securely locked by the hotel manager then definitely don’t presume that your money will be fine inside a wallet inside your bag. If there is a safe, find out who owns the key to the deposit box and trust them. If you are fortunate to have an in room safe decipher the code and USE it.
Money that has been retrieved to make a payment before being replaced to your back pocket means two things. 1. It has been seen 2. It can be reached (even in an Indonesian immigration centre!). Accept that when someone wants to steal from you they will. Prepare yourself. Spread small amounts of cash about your person in order to diffuse the impact of robbery. Also remember to forgive yourself when you fall right into the hands of a robbery scam, I still do it!