One tip I would add is to limit the amount of jewelry you wear. I bought my husband and myself matching silver wedding bands. If they were stolen, I would have been out less than $20 USD. I wore a cheap watch and silver hoops for the entire vacation.
We recently vacationed for ten days in Costa Rica and Panama. Of the four hotels we stayed in, only one had a room safe. We used ATM’s throughout our vacation so we never were carrying very much cash. I also had a good lock on my suitcase. We stayed in small family owned resorts, but if our bags would have been tampered with, we would have known right away. Many years ago, on my last day of a Mexico vacation, my contacts lenses and a earrings were stolen from our room when we went to breakfast. I didn’t think to lock up because we were just going to breakfast. I won’t make that mistake again.
In addition to Being a Chameleon Abroad here are a few tips to help you avoid being a victim of theft on holiday (and at home): If you must take expensive items out with you, try to make them appear broken or damaged. Stick some tape around parts of your gadgets, (e.g. parcel tape on your iPad). […]