Dummy Wallets & Protecting Your Valuables

Dummy or throwaway wallets should be a consideration when traveling abroad.  Carrying an old wallet with some cash – enough to pacify a local criminal (for most locations probably $20 to $60 USD) gives you the  option of surrendering this wallet and some cash without risking losing everything.  Ideally you should put some other paper…

Express Kidnapping

Express kidnapping – also sometimes called lightening kidnapping – is a prevalent crime in much of the developing world.  While is particularly common in Latin America it occurs globally – I am personally aware of incidents in locations as diverse as Kazakhstan and China. Tourists and business travelers are much more likely to be victims…

Some Key Considerations for Overseas Driving

When possible its best to avoid self driving overseas, especially in developing world countries.  For one thing you are very exposed if you get into an accident — there is a risk both from local authorities and also from any crowd that may gather.  Generally in the developing world driving practices are much more erratic…

Things You Might Not Want to Bring When Traveling

There are things that are considered harmless in much of the world that can cause problems in certain countries or regions of the world.  You can bring many of these items on most trips you might take but its important to research the location you are going to prior to your travel to determine if…

Staying Safe at the Hotel

Many travelers view their hotel in a foreign city as a safe sanctuary where nothing can happen.  While hotels – particularly good hotels that have been carefully selected – can be a good safe haven in many respects they can also be a focal point for criminal activity and other hazards so its very important…

Selecting Hotels

Selecting a hotel is one of the most important considerations when traveling.  The hotel is your home away from home and maybe some travelers incorrectly also view it as a sanctuary from the dangers that are present at the location. There are several key factors to look at when selecting a hotel. There are two…