How to Avoid Getting Mugged When Traveling

You wanted adventure, so you took one free lesson of karate. That was three years ago, and now you think you’re invincible. You go on late night shenanigans and leave all your belongings scattered everywhere.

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So far you’ve been lucky – no one has stolen your stuff. The moment you let your guard down, however, was when it happened.

By “it”, I’m referring to the wave of regret you felt coming home from your last late night adventure; when you lost your phone and your dignity trying to fend off a thief with your ka-ra-te skills. For future reference, the next time you crave adventure or travel; learn how to avoid getting mugged with these tips:

1. Leave the Bling
Yes, you often dress to impress, but there’s a time and place for everything. Strutting your stuff down a foreign street, with your best pearls on, might not be such a good idea. Keep your valuables in a safe place, or better yet – just leave them at home.

2. Fanny Packs
Ah, fanny packs – the emblem of a proud tourist. You’ve got to love a fanny pack for its versatility and practicality (they even come in assorted colors and designs now!). Never mind how they make you look. I’m sure you would rather have your phone in your fanny pack then to be fanny packless and phoneless.

3. Hide Your Fanny Pack
Ah, the fanny pack – once again, the emblem of a proud tourist. You want to have the knowledge of an experienced tourist who travels around the world, but you don’t want to look like one. Looking like a tourist is the easiest way to let others know that you’re not from the area. It’s best to tuck that fanny under the shirt.

4. Travel in Packs
There is power in numbers. Hopefully you brought along a travel buddy for your adventure, but if not, always walk with a sense of purpose – like you know where you’re headed. The worst thing to do is to appear vulnerable and lost.

And if all else fails, try shouting like a hooligan in public space. No one wants to steal from a hooligan.

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