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Traveling around the world has become a lot more accessible in the past few years. In fact, there is a whole bunch of travelers who no longer wish to visit the oh-so-popular destinations and the touristy places around the globe. Instead, they’d walk off the beaten path, discover something new and enjoy the bliss of exploration. But what we often fail to taken into consideration is the fact that both, the touristy and not-so-touristy places can make you fall prey to theft. While the famous destinations are way too crowded to realize that somebody just pick-pocketed you, the off beat places have one too few people to help you in case you’re about to get mugged. Also Read - India-China Ladakh Standoff: 'Situation Stable And Controllable, All Channels Open For Talks,' Says Beijing
So here are some tips to help you prevent theft for each time you hit the road! Also Read - Style Tips to Wear Mom Jeans: How to Look Cool Wearing 'Unhip' Denim at Any Occasion
1. Keep a dummy wallet and phone
While the most important ‘how to keep your cash safe’ tip is to always split your cash, keeping a dummy wallet filled with futile cards, to make sure that whoever is eyeing your pockets for a loaded wallet is left with nothing useful at all. If possible, you must try not roaming around with way too many gadgets. Most people make do with their cellphone camera to avoid too much attention. In such cases, always keep a dummy phone too!
2. Be aware of strangers who’re way too nice
You must be grateful and thankful to all those co-travelers and locals who’re kind to you and help you with the little life-saving gestures. However, if not out-right dismissive, you must be careful of all those who go way too out of their way to help you or keep your company for more time. Don’t let anyone hold your bags while you you use the restroom or accompany you to the ATM while you withdraw money, unless it’s a friend or relative you know from back home and are sure will not rob you of your money. A lot of people are not only interested in your money but also in your identity, Your passport, licenses, credit cards etc can provide people with enough information about you.
3. Don’t get intoxicated out of line, especially if you’re a solo traveler
Speaking of strangers, having a good time with people you meet on the road is pretty fun, especially for all the stories you get to share, however, trusting every Tom, Dick and Harry is plain stupid. We’d love for you to enjoy yourself and go berserk with experimenting, but draw a line for your own safety. You never know who’d spike your drink only to get hold of your money. Yes, things like these happen even in the 21st century, so be alert!
4. Secure all your personal information
From your cellphones and laptops to your identity cards and passport, make sure you have secured all your personal information. Lock your phone and activate the GPS tracking so that somebody at home knows about your where abouts, adding lock-codes to your laptop is important too, as most of your bank passwords are saved on to your browser, including all your bookings and transactions which is enough for you to end up absolutely broke. Most mobile apps these days can be locked down into clouds even if your phone gets robbed or lost, ensure you activate them and inform the local police who may be able to locate the phone before it’s too far.
5. Try to be as local as possible
Last but not the least, try not to grab too much attention as an outsider. Now, we don’t expect a globe trotter like you to know every single language language of a destination you visit, but toning the touristy ensemble on an average can help avoiding unwanted attention. Though this may seem like an expensive thing to do at all times, try checking in to an Airbnb, a hostel or a homestay even if you’re not planning to stay for too long, so that you don;t have to wander the streets of a city with your entire rucksack on you. Don’t leave any cash with your backpack, but carrying it around will only prove to be a liability, it’ll make you slower and literallly everyone will know you’re not a local.