How to Protect Yourself and Your Valuables When You Travel Abroad
Many people are blissfully unaware of scams and dangers which are present while they’re on vacation in another country. It’s important to avoid becoming the latest victim. This is particularly true if you are visiting a country or destination you’re unfamiliar with. In many places, tourists stand out from the crowd and are easy prey for local thieves, pickpockets and other criminals. However, taking the following precautions will protect you and your valuables while you’re travelling abroad.
Make Sure Luggage Is Safe and Secure
When you’re travelling make sure you keep all luggage and clothing items such as jackets and coats in clear sight. It only takes a split second for an opportunist thief to steal these types of items. There are times when you won’t be able to keep an eye on your luggage, especially when you board your flight and have to wait for your luggage when you get to your destination. Everyday items are stolen from suitcases and other luggage. To avoid this, invest in secure luggage locks. These specially designed locks prevent luggage from being opened by people while you travel and when you reach your destination.
Beware of People Who Are Too Friendly
In many countries you’re bound to meet friendly people who want to welcome you to their country. However, some people can become too friendly and have other motives for giving you a warm welcome. Most people on vacation let their guard down and are sometimes too relaxed. This is the time that many criminals seize their opportunity and try to relieve you of your valuables. Always be wary of people who go out of their way to help you. Examples include people who want to help you with your luggage, offer to take photos with your camera or give you directions to places you had not intended going to. This does not mean you have to be paranoid about every friendly face you meet but you should have your wits about you at the same time.
Separate Cash and Valuables
As the saying goes ‘don’t put all your eggs into one basket’. Keep your cash and valuables in a few different safe locations. If the worst happens and someone attempts to rob you, they may get something for their efforts but they won’t get everything. Cash is important to hide, but keeping vital items such as passports, visas or bank cards hidden is even more important and these should be kept in the safest places throughout your vacation.
Get Local Knowledge Before You Go
Preparing properly for a trip is important, especially if you’re visiting a destination you’re not familiar with. It’s never been easier to research travel destinations all around the world. However, many people still don’t prepare properly and pay the price later. If you know people in the country ask them for advice about safe places to visit, local customs, what to look out for and other vital information that will prevent problems when you arrive. Also ask people who have travelled to the destination about their experiences there.
When you travel abroad the most important thing is to stay safe and keep your valuables safe. The tips above will help you achieve this so that you have an enjoyable and memorable trip away.