Traveling abroad to popular destinations is, for the most part, completely safe. However, you have to remember that you are a target for pickpockets and thieves. They know that you are carrying a lot more personal belongings with you than the average resident. But there are ways to beat the thieves: read on to find out how to keep possessions safe when on a holiday.
Choose A Nice Destination
Doing some research about your destination will give you a lot of clues about crime levels. However, it won’t tell you everything. Your best bet is to look for family friendly holidays. There’s a good reason that those places appeal to people with kids: it’s because they are safe. Holiday companies will be happy to extol the virtues of particular resorts. Why? Because they are safe in the knowledge that their recommendations are backed up by hard figures.
There are a few things you can do before you book your holiday that will offer you a little more protection. Get theft insurance for any expensive electronics, and only take what is essential – leave your expensive jewelry at home. But it isn’t just your gadgets that are valuable. Your passport, rail passes, travelers cheques and prescriptions are all things you would miss once they get stolen. Make sure you take photocopies of all of them in case your bag gets stolen – perhaps even leave copies at home so someone can fax them to you.
Develop A Routine
It’s amazing how carefree we are when we’re at home. We put important things down absentmindedly, but only because we feel safe that they will be there when we return. You have to get out of this mindset when traveling abroad, or someone will take advantage. ‘Be careful’ should be your vacation mantra. Once you have arrived on your holiday, develop a routine of locking up, hiding away, and making sure everything is safe.
Get A Money Belt
Money belts might not look that great on the fashion catwalks, but every savvy traveler will have one. It is far harder for a thief to grab a money belt than it is to snatch a handbag or backpack, and you should use it to keep every single essential item on your person.
Keep Things Close
If a thief suspects a hint of a struggle, they will turn their attentions elsewhere. Whenever you sit down anywhere, keep your bags close, and preferably with an arm, leg or hand wrapped around them. Never leave phones or cameras on a table, even if it is right in front of you. It only takes a second for someone to grab it and disappear into a throng of people. Thieves and pickpockets don’t want to fight. They just want your things, and they will always go for the easiest looking target. If it looks as though you have your wits about you, and you have all your possessions hidden from plain view or grasped in your hand, you are very unlikely to be targeted.
Your holiday is well deserved. These tips should help you enjoy it more, safe in the knowledge that your possessions and family will be safe.