1-When carrying cash, bring smaller bills. A throw-away wallet is a good idea and gives you time to leave the area. Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill.
2- I carry a combination of cash and credit card. Some areas don’t accept cards, so it’s always good to have a little of both.
3-Let your financial institutions and banks know that you are traveling so that your cards won’t freeze.
4-Make sure you research the currency exchange rate before you go.
5-Be aware of dress codes prior to your travels to respect local customs.
6- Always get travelers insurance for peace of mind. Accidents, cancellations, delays, trip interruptions happen! It is well worth the cost.
7-Avoid travel-related illness by purchasing bottled water, and have the vaccinations you need for your certain region of travel.
8-The US Government issues daily travel alerts and it’s always good to check to be aware of any alerts for your destination.
9-Make copies of your items; passport, medical ID, credit cards and your travel itinerary. Leave a copy at home and keep one set with you, separate from the originals.
10-Don’t be an easy mark for thieves. Be aware of your surroundings and protect your wallet by wearing it in your front pocket. Keep a small amount of cash with you and never flash it about.
11-Be aware where you wear your jewelry.
12-Never leave your drink unattended, EVER, or accept an opened beverage from anyone.
FINALLY and most important! – Always trust your instincts, they are your best defense. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, flee! Don’t be concerned about hurting a strangers feelings. Exit the elevator if you chose, cross to the other side of the street. Whatever it takes to be safe, don’t hesitate, act!