On his first trip around Asia, Ben Groundwater was so concerned about being robbed and having his passport and wallet stolen that he wore them in a satchel around his neck for days on end, putting up with a sweaty uncomfortable bulge under his shirt in his bid to keep his valuables safe.
Groundwater quickly grew weary of this and switched to wearing a money belt under his clothes.
After two weeks in Asia, he ditched the money belt because he noticed that other travellers were not going to such lengths to maintain security. He became so relaxed that he left his valuables in a bag covered with a few t-shirts in his hostel room.
Nothing bad has ever happened to him while overseas. Groundwater suggested that while there are many places in the world where the crime rate is high and it would be foolish to ignore sensible safety precautions, like not walking down a dark alleyway at night on your own, he pointed out that very few people actually experience any problems while travelling.