Whether it’s having your wallet stolen on the subway or being attacked for your valuables, being robbed can ruin a holiday. Follow these tips to avoid being mugged while travelling overseas.
Look less like a tourist. You know those specialty walking shoes, the quick dry trousers, that fold-away rainbird and the nylon camera case you’re planning to take? They may be convenient, but they make you stand out like a sore thumb. When travelling wear your normal clothes - jeans, a skirt, a t-shirt. Whatever you would normally wear. Take your normal handbag, and instead keep your valuables in a travel pouch tucked under your clothes. The handbag is for your scarf and an umbrella.
If it’s not too big, keep your camera in your hand and put your hand in your pocket when you’re walking around. It keeps it out of sight, making you less of a target.
Don’t be drunk. This one may seem obvious, but it’s also the most common mistake travellers make. If you’re drunk then you’re a potential target, so save the nightcap for when you’re back in your hotel or apartment.
Whether you’re sitting outside at a cafe or you’re out to dinner in a fancy restaurant, never hang your backpack or handbag on the back of your chair. Keep it in sight, preferably on your lap.
Keep your wallet in the front pocket of your trousers, not the back.
Don’t keep all your valuables in one place. Keep money in your wallet, as well as in a money belt and the lining of your suitcase. This way if you do get into trouble, you aren’t left cashless.
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