Ever since I was a young boy, I had always wanted to travel to Turkey. I had heard and read so much about its unique blend of culture, architecture and cuisine. Istanbul had everything I would ever want to experience as a traveler. I just had to visit.
The stars aligned in 2013 and I was on my way to my dream destination. Yes, I was finally flying in to Istanbul! The flight had been a breeze. I had cleared immigration and collected my bags and was heading leisurely towards the queue for taxis. Little did I know that as I was pre-paying for the ride, my life’s first travel scam was upon me. I had handed over a 200 Lira note for a 86 Lira ride only to get 14 Lira back instead of 114. As I demanded my money back, the taxi driver tried to convince me aggressively that I had given him a 100 Lira note instead of 200. He also threatened to call his buddies if I did not relent. I had to back off. I had lost about 3,500 rupees in a wink and had had a disastrous start to my dream vacation. This is the story of my first travel scam.