I don’t know what it is about vacationers, but for some reason many of us tend to let our guards down and do things-sometimes irresponsible things-we wouldn’t normally do at home.

And trust me. This could ruin your trip. I learned this the hard way oh … 10 years ago or so when I backpacked through Europe and lost my wallet and lots of lire on an overnight train to Venice.

 In the last few years, though I’ve wised up and in addition to the tips I listed for staying safe in Rome, here are five tips for staying safe while traveling abroad.

1. Fake It 

It isn’t likely you’ll exit the train station and automatically know which way to go … but fake it. If you have good posture, keep your head up and look like you know where you are going, you’ll appear more confident and attract less attention. If you need to consult a map, step to the side and do so as inconspicuously as possible.

 

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