Avoid being a victim of crime whilst travelling with these 5 tips


Traveling can be a brilliant way to see the world for as long or as short as you like. However, it doesn't matter if you’re a seasoned jet-setter or a newbie on the traveling scene, everyone can be at risk of crime while on vacation. Thankfully here are some tips that can keep both you and your belongings safe, even when you’re away from home.

Ensure you’re insured

Travel insurance is one of the most important aspects of a vacation, but one that many people overlook until it is too late. The last thing you want while you're away is to find your belongings missing or be in need of medical help, and you don’t have insurance to help out with the costs. For instance, some insurers won’t cover all thefts, with this guide giving the lowdown on what is and isn’t protected. These may include forgotten items, leaving certain belongings in a car, or asking the hotel to look after your luggage. By covering your trip and belongings, it means you have the backup just in case someone gets their hands on your things.

Keep zips to one side

If you need to take a backpack with you when you’re out and about then you may be seen as an easy target for pickpockets. A lot of these bags have two zips, and many people zip them to the middle. However, if you pull both zips to one side, you make it a lot harder for any potential thieves. Plus, it’s all about how you pack your luggage. A carefully packed bag of essentials could make all the difference!

Keep things close

It’s all about keeping things up close and personal when you’re on vacation, especially in a bustling city or in a tourist hotspot. However, one of the worst places to fall victim to a pickpocket is while at the beach or pool. Many thieves watch for tourists to head to the water before swooping in and claiming their prey. When you return to find your precious belongings gone, it can swiftly put an end to the fun you were having on vacation! Thankfully, there are some top tips for keeping your valuables safe at the beach.

Careful souvenir selection

When on vacation, you may find yourself looking for the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip - that’s great! The problem is, many of the local shops may be offering genuine fakes. This means that market and store traders may ramp up the price as they tell you stories of how the locals created the artifact. The problem is, most of the time these are lies, and you’re paying premium prices for fake replicas. You don’t want to get caught up in a holiday scam, especially not with your treasured souvenirs.

Lock away the important parts

Many hotels offer in-room safes where you can lock away all your valuables. Chances are you won’t need your passport on a daily basis - although, you may sometimes need it for booking purposes or ID. If you don’t need it, then it’s best to keep it in your room and away from harm. Locking your travel documents and any extra money in the safe can be one of the best ways to keep your possessions safe when you aren’t with them.

Sometimes things happen that are out of our control. That’s what travel insurance is for! However, there may be a few simple things that could help protect your belongings without the worry of someone with sticky fingers. Let us know, are there any top traveling tips you have to keep yourself and your things safe?

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