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10 Surefire Ways to Get Mugged on Vacation

There’s something about being on vacation that turns travelers into easy marks. No one wants to get mugged, but new surroundings, vacation giddiness, and a lack of caution can leave even savvy travelers vulnerable to opportunistic thieves.

I should know. Until I started thinking about this story, I didn’t realize just how much personal experience I could draw from: In the last two decades, I’ve been on the receiving end of three attempted muggings in situations where I should have known better (and now do). With this wealth of experience, I offer you a list of surefire ways to get mugged on vacation, as well as tips for avoiding scenarios where your safety and belongings are at risk.

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