When traveling there is always a risk of having your valuables stolen. In order to reduce this risk, follow these tips:
On Your Person
Stay aware of your surroundings. This does not have to be a source of stress or anxiety: simply maintaining a calm awareness of what’s going on around you- appearing confident, looking around from time to time, paying attention- can be all that’s needed to tell potential thieves that you’re not an easy target.
When out walking around, carry your personal belongings in front of you in a small bag or in your front pockets. Cross body bags are a great invention for travelers!
Don’t wear your most expensive jewelry out and about on vacation. This can make you a target. In fact, some people choose to leave expensive wedding rings at home in favor of a simple gold or silver band.
Don’t carry ALL of your cash with you. Leave what you don’t need in the safe.
In Your Room
*Always use your safe. If your room doesn’t have a safe, keep valuables in the safe at the front desk.
* Record all the serial numbers of your valuable equipment, just in case.
* Invest in Travel Insurance. It is worth the extra cost when something goes wrong.
* Request a room away from the stairs and elevators to limit foot traffic.
Skip social media
You may want to share the good time you’re having on your vacation by posting pictures throughout your trip but this can be a bad idea. Savvy criminals monitor social media and even have the tools to pinpoint your exact geographic location. “They see how you’re dressed and may have a sense of your lifestyle based on other photos you’ve posted and will seek you out for your valuables.” Save the media posting for when you get back home or on your ship. Get your nose out of face book, you’re on vacation!
It goes without saying that traveling with a companion/companions is the safest form of exploration. With that being said, for all those fabulous solo travelers, be aware, use common sense and let your instincts be your compass. Simple steps like keeping your hand on your bag in heavily populated areas go along way in making a pickpocket look elsewhere. Safes are available on most ships, use them! Make this trip the one to remember for all the RIGHT reasons.
Lose sight of the shore,