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Our writers’ solo travel fails (and rescues)

When you’re alone in a foreign land, your happy journey of discovery can turn sour alarmingly fast, as Lonely Planet staff have found – but with a bit of luck the moment can become a golden one

Matt Phillips Destination editor for SubSaharan Africa


I had just crossed from Malawi into Mozambique and was feeling somewhat disoriented when I attempted to change some currency with a local black-market dealer. Moments later, just after I had placed my bag on the back of a flatbed truck that I was about to ride east for more than a hundred miles, I realised that I had been fleeced out of $20. I quickly tracked down the dealer and as we had a polite disagreement, the truck – and my bag – pulled away. I chased it, but the driver didn’t stop.

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