For over two years, I’ve chosen to highlight the positive, fun side of living in Colombia on my other blog, Medellin Living. However after being robbed a few weeks ago, in broad daylight on a busy street, I’m taking my personal security more serious than ever before.

Being robbed at gunpoint will do that to any man or woman, and to not share what I’ve learned from the experience would be a waste of the anxiety and fright that resulted.

There are countless strategies the bad guys use in Latin America to separate targets from their wealth. These are a collection of tips from Colombian taxi drivers I’ve been given since sharing my story with them.

While I still don’t think it’s practical to adhere to every tip 100% of the time, I will no longer be so lackadaisical when taking taxis in foreign countries.

1.  Do not hail taxis from the street, call in advance.

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    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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