Getting Robbed in Vietnam

How it made me a better traveller.

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Who would argue with that?

My friend slid over so she was sitting on the passenger side, conveniently out of the line of vision to see what was about to happen. Of course we weren’t able to piece that together without hindsight on our side.

“Where are you from?”

“How long are you here for?”

“Do you like it here?”

We pieced together the conversation and were happy to have a friendly local to get us safely to our destination.

“Where the heck is my phone, it was just here!”

I’m starting to feel a little panicked and am rummaging through my purse. Then we realize my friends wallet is also missing, which was in my purse when we got in the taxi. We both looked at each other in defeat with the knowledge that this driver just took my cell phone and her wallet that contained the majority of her savings for the 5 week journey around Southeast Asia. Oh no.

“Ah-ha! What if I used ‘find my iPhone’ to track down the thief?”

The money and the phone were replaceable, but I refused to lose a month of photos to prove my other wise stellar adventure.

Turns out when you turn off your mobile data as a broke backpacker trying to save a buck while traveling, ‘find my iPhone’ doesn’t work.

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I’ll have to settle for pictures of other tourists at one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Photo by ray rui on Unsplash
  1. Assuming you’re getting a more local experience and not using Uber or Lyft where recording technology holds the driver accountable, always note the taxi (or tuk tuk, or bicycle taxi, or rick-shaw)number before getting in the car. You never know how many different ways this could save you.
  2. You’re never as good of a traveller as you think you are. No matter how seasoned of a backpacker you are, how many countries you’ve lived in, or how much of the language you speak, you are always the vulnerable one when away from your familiar home. Which isn’t this part of the beauty in travel anyway?

Everything raw and real. Be good humans, we’re all in it together.

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