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With the Christmas as well as New Year’s Eve coming up, traveling for many becomes inevitable. For those less experienced with traveling; however, certain aspects can become a nuisance such as getting robbed or being a victim of theft.
Being in a foreign country, one is left mainly helpless post-robbery; therefore, it is essential to primarily prevent yourself from falling victim to theft in the first place by taking precautionary measures such as those mentioned below.
Always Stay Aware of What You Have on You
When vacationing, rule number one revolves around being fully aware of all that you have with you first thing when you leave your hotel/guesthouse room. Check your pockets as well as backpacks to mentally note down all that gadgets, valuables as well as currency that you may be carrying with you when you leave the vicinity of wherever you are choosing to reside.
When traveling to places known to be notorious for frequent theft or robbery, be sure to always carry along with you a decoy wallet filled with expired credit cards as well as an incredibly cheap phone which can still be handed over in cases where aggression may be used against you If you are being robbed.
Spread Out your Cash Sources
Never have all your valuables, gadgets or cash in one place. Keeping all your money or credit/debit cards in one prescribed wallet, for example, can lead to a disastrous situation if it gets stolen in a foreign country. To avoid such a rough situation, either leave with your ATM card or your credit card at once and never together.
Likewise, with money, never have too much of cash on you at a time to make sure that even if you fall victim to theft or robbery, you can always rely on the cash kept wherever you are residing rather than feel helpless.
Be Cautious of Anyone being too helpful or caring without justifiable reasoning
Particularly in places where robbery rates are high, or where there is a reputation of con artists, it is always advised to be fully aware of your surroundings. Make sure that no one gets too close to you for preventing pick-pocketing.
At the same time, also be cautious as well as skeptical of anyone who is being unnecessarily nice towards you regardless of whether they may be a group of beggars, a couple you randomly bumped into or an individual. Better safe than sorry, to make sure you are not being fooled by con artists,
One of the core ways to prevent being robbed or mugged is making sure that you blend into the crowd rather than stand out as a tourist. Drawing attention to yourself with a typical touristy outfit will make you an easier target for many.
Carry out your research of the type of places you will be going to before your traveling and ensure to pack clothes that can help you effectively blend in.
Go Where its Safe
Either check with the help of asking locals, or carry out research before traveling about the areas or suburbs that may have a relatively higher crime-rate. For the faint-hearted, it is best advised to avoid such places as it may cause unnecessary trouble if you end up becoming the center of attention for the more notorious locals of that area.
Travelling to foreign lands helps with making memories that can last a lifetime, although it is a blissful time, it is always advised to be cautious for preventing unfortunate events from happening, such as robbery or theft.
Jeff lives in New York with his wife and 2 kids. He is obsessed with LED light bars ever since they came out and over the last couple of years he has been testing and reviewing LED light bars. He regularly blogs at Cabulous.com.