Traveling abroad is some of the most rewarding travel that you can do and sometimes solo travel can’t be helped. So how do you make sure you stay safe while you are traveling internationally?
You limit the amount of money you carry, you get local currency from a reputable source or better yet at home before you go, and carry the right kind of bag to keep your stuff safe.
First and foremost you’ll find that getting more than 100 bucks in cash out is a waste, and is dangerous. So don’t do it. A majority of places will take a card. If you really want to buy something and they only take cash it shouldn’t be more than 100$. I’d also recommend carrying a second wallet, money clip, or altoids tin to keep some cash safe.
Next, Don’t get your local currency at the airport. The fees are ASTRONOMICAL. They charge you an arm and a leg for it. I know it’s tempting to just pop over to the ATM and grab a few bucks, but the combination of the exchange rate and the “convenience fee” of using an ATM will be so much higher at an airport. Take a breath, wait till you get to your hotel or Airbnb and ask your concierge or host where is the best place to get local currency. I promise you, they’ll know.
Finally, make sure that you’re carrying your valuables in a safe way. Always use a bag that zips up. Pickpockets can’t reach into your bag and steal your passport if they can’t get the zipper open without you noticing. Ideally, you’ll want to also carry a bag which goes across your body (Think messenger bags) so that some Usain bolt impersonator can’t run off with everything you need for your vacation.
Be safe, but absolutely enjoy the world around you.