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8 tricks to stay safe on vacation

You go on vacation to relax and let go of stress. Unfortunately, one brush with a criminal can completely ruin that relaxing mood. That's why you need to be aware of your surroundings and take these simple safety steps.

1. Know the area

Some vacation spots are safer than others, so be sure you are aware of the type of crimes that are more likely to happen where you're headed. That includes knowing the areas you shouldn't visit at night.

2. Don't travel with valuables

Leave your jewelry at home, and anything else a thief might want to grab. Minimize the electronics you take as well, and be sure to prepare them with location-tracking and wiping apps or programs ahead of time. Click here for that and more on getting the most from your gadget while traveling.

3. Watch your money

Pickpockets are common in many parts of the world, and they often target tourists. They are incredibly skilled at pulling wallets out of pockets, and even money belts. After all, that's how they make their living day in and day out. You're better off keeping your cash and cards close to your body in multiple hard-to-reach places. Also, trim down the number of cards you carry.

In rougher areas, you might bring along a decoy wallet with little bit of money that you can hand over in a holdup. Click here for 5 steps to survive a lost or stolen wallet.

4. Know where you're going

Before you leave, plan out the routes you're going to take between your hotel and the sites you want to visit. This helps you avoid wandering into a bad area, and it makes you look less like a tourist, which should attract fewer criminals.

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