Posted on July 12th, 2011 | by admin |
It’s easy to forget safety while traveling. After all, nothing bad ever happens on vacation, right? Taking these simple precautions can help ensure a fun, safe trip.
Check ATM’s for skimming attachments. Some banks now attach an “anti-skimming” block to the card slot.
Don’t carry all your money in one place.
Keep only one day worth of cash out at a time. Everything else should be in a money belt, safe or bank.
Don’t dig in money belts in public. They work because no one knows they’re there.
Don’t drink the tap water unless it is really safe. Some places, like Cancun, the water is drinkable but bottles are safer.
Related to that, make sure ice is made with safe water or do without.
Always ask to see the room before checking in to a hotel or hostel. Check door locks, windows and beds.
In places with street food stands, avoid stands that aren’t busy or serve only tourists.
Check with the hotel for safe neighborhoods and local information.
Finally, don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home: get drunk with strangers, walk down deserted alleys or flash cash on the street.
Practice these precautions and avoid nasty surprises on the road and back home.