Boulder City Magazine® July 2010 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
A little common sense should keep you safe while traveling, but you’d be surprised at what I have seen some people do out there (or have done myself). Here are a few pointers to help keep you safe. If you glean one new idea, or are nudged to do something you know is right but haven’t been doing, it will be worth your while to continue reading.
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|First, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry. Dress conservatively and try to blend in. Don’t display large amounts of cash, and don’t carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards. Carry only enough cash to make it through the day and leave the rest in the hotel’s safe.
Do not pull large amounts of cash out of your pocket. This will catch attention, no matter what country you are in. I know foreign currency sometimes looks like Monopoly or play money, but believe me, it is VERY real to the local bad guys.
Try to think about where you are going that day and carry sufficient cash for that and a little more for unforeseen extras. Use your credit card whenever possible. Don’t put all the good stuff in one place on your person. If you have more than one credit card, put each in a different safe pocket or money belt. If a pickpocket gets your wallet, but not the money belt under your clothing, you will still have at least one credit card available to use for the rest of the trip.
Conventional wisdom seems to be changing regarding passports. Now the tipsters suggest you not carry it on your person at all times; rather, leave it in the safe in your hotel. A copy will suffice if a local official needs to see it.
Avoid traveling alone, and always be aware of what is going on around you. Try to look as if you know where you are going. Stick to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts down narrow alleys and/or poorly lit streets.
Finally, ladies watch your purses (both here at home and away). NEVER set it beside your chair in a restaurant, NEVER sling it over the back of your chair. ALWAYS be aware of where it is, preferably in your lap, or on the floor between your legs with the strap around your ankle.
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