Get into the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting, and you’re probably carrying more stuff than when you’re at home, so you’re more likely to leave a jacket or something else behind.
Separate your sources of money. You know how you keep all your bank cards in your wallet/purse when you’re at home? Well, don’t do this while you’re travelling. Keep at least one in a different place, preferably not on your person. If you lose all your cards on the road it is very difficult to get replacements, and being without money on your all inclusive tour isn’t fun at all.
Don’t keep your wallet/purse in your jeans’ back pocket. To avoid being pickpocketed, keep your wallet in your front pocket, especially a pocket that can be buttoned up. Best of all, use the inside pocket of your jacket.
Scan all your major documents; that way your documents won’t go missing even if your bags do.
It is hard to get to know the locals at a destination if you don’t trust them, but there are limits to how much you should trust them when it comes to your personal safety, for example, going with them into a risky area of town, with money, and consuming their food or drink if they are not consuming it themselves.
Get travel insurance particularly for health costs if you get ill or injured while abroad. Hospital costs can quickly get into the tens of thousands of dollars, even for a minor injury.
Get vaccinated; visit your doctor before you leave to get all the relevant vaccinations/immunisations for the destinations you’re visiting, and to learn what health precautions you should follow.
If you’re travelling abroad on tour packages then you’re more than likely to be richer than most of the locals, but advertising this fact by wearing gold jewellery or carrying a $2000 camera around your neck is not advisable. It makes you a target for thieves. Leave your jewellery at home and keep your camera in a bag when you’re not using it.
Teaching yourself to ride a motorbike or jet ski in a foreign country is probably unwise. In Thailand, for instance, 38 people a day die in scooter accidents. Some travel insurance policies won’t cover scooter-related injuries so make sure you check your travel insurance first. And Check the fine print and certificates of instructors; if you’re doing a specialist course (scuba diving) or something risky (bungee jumping) then check the operators have legitimate qualifications and a good safety record. There’s usually a reason a course is cheaper than the others.
Don’t leave your belongings unattended in public spaces; travelers leave their bags at their feet or hanging from the back of chairs when they’re at cafes or restaurants. Either keep them on your lap or wrap its strap around your leg.
Keep your travel plans, including accommodation details, to yourself.
Don’t hitchhike and try not to travel at night. Avoid ‘seedier’ areas of the cities you visit on your travel tours, especially at night.
Ask your hotel manager for advice on ‘safe’ versus ‘unsafe’ local areas.
If you are mugged, don’t fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.
Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or civil disturbances at all times.