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). […]
I’ve always wonder about this
it had never happened to me
But I always air on the side of caution
I always try to be extra careful when vacationing outside the U.S. Some other countries assume if you are an American that you are rich.
Always lock your stuff.. no exceptions! Better safe than sorry..
I totally agree!
Why would someone steal contact lenses?
I know, right? I thought it was weird.
If a guy has an expensive band (diamond and gold) for his man bun, does he deserve to be robbed?
Sadly it is not just out of country this happens. More and more it is happening in a lot of places in our country as well. It is partly because some places will not pay a decent wage to attract good help. Other times it is someone who has either an abusive person , or gang members in their life demanding they do this. Hugs
Thank you for the reminder that it’s always a good idea to lock up stuff. No matter where you go, something could happen. Even in a country you think is “safe.”
I know, I would rather be safe than sorry. Thanks for stopping by.
I also was robbed once on my holiday – my digital camera got stolen and I was glad that I had saved all pictures before! Thanks for sharing your story and advice!