Devil’s Breath & The Ativan Gang

An alarming trend that has been occurring in different places around the world is the use of drugs in facilitating crimes like robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.  These incidents have occurred in locations as varied as Colombia, the Philippines and India. While most Americans may be aware of the use of drugs such as Rohypnol…

Dealing with the Police in the Developing World

Most of us raised in the US and other democracies have been taught from an early age to seek out a police officer for assistance when they have a problem.  Unfortunately this is not always the best course of action in the developing world.  In these locations police and other security forces are often best…

Dummy Wallets & Protecting Your Valuables

Dummy or throwaway wallets should be a consideration when traveling abroad.  Carrying an old wallet with some cash – enough to pacify a local criminal (for most locations probably $20 to $60 USD) gives you the  option of surrendering this wallet and some cash without risking losing everything.  Ideally you should put some other paper…

Express Kidnapping

Express kidnapping – also sometimes called lightening kidnapping – is a prevalent crime in much of the developing world.  While is particularly common in Latin America it occurs globally – I am personally aware of incidents in locations as diverse as Kazakhstan and China. Tourists and business travelers are much more likely to be victims…

Some Key Considerations for Overseas Driving

When possible its best to avoid self driving overseas, especially in developing world countries.  For one thing you are very exposed if you get into an accident — there is a risk both from local authorities and also from any crowd that may gather.  Generally in the developing world driving practices are much more erratic…