Familiarize yourself with the destination thoroughly before you get there. Read traveler reviews and check with locals for the safest neighborhoods, accommodations, and crime rates. Check the Department of State website for country updates and sign up for the Smart Traveler Registration Program (STEP).

Another important safety precaution when traveling is knowing who to call in an emergency. 

Don't attract attention

People who look foreign are especially vulnerable to crime, so try to blend in as much as you can. Choose discreet clothing that does not attract attention. Be discreet when looking at maps and approach people carefully if you need to ask for directions.

Also consider investing in protective clothing and gear that will make it harder for pickpockets to steal money and other personal items.

Copy your important documents

You never know when you will need a copy of your passport, driver's license, or other identification. Scan these documents to save them online and print multiple hard copies. That way, you won't have to scramble to find the right documents if you need to go home...Get contact information for the nearest embassy or consulate, police station, and other local emergency departments.

 Be careful with public Wi-Fi networks

Don't let the convenience of Internet access disturb your sanity. When you use a public Wi-Fi network, hackers who are on the lookout to steal valuable information can access your data, including credit card and Social Security numbers. If you really need to use wireless Internet service, set up a virtual private network (VPN) that will allow you to access the Internet safely while on the go.

Protect your hotel room

Even if the hotel has rigorous security measures in place, there are steps you can take to make your room more secure. Close and lock the door with the deadbolt and keep the windows closed. You can buy a gag, which is a portable device that slides under the door to add another layer of protection.

Try to create the impression that you are in the room even when you are not; For example, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the outside door and keep blinds or windows closed.

Pay attention to your surroundings

Don't let your guard down to take the perfect photo to upload to social media platforms later. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times and use good judgment when talking to strangers. Much of the fun of traveling includes the opportunities it opens up to meet new people and learn about their cultures. But if someone near you acts suspicious or if you feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately.



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