“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Tips — Safety Ideas from The Everywhereist

A few ideas about vacation safety from our favorite travel blogger, The Everywhereist. 

Call your credit card company before you leave and put a travel alert on your card. While you’re at it, jot down their international customer service number.

Consider contacting the embassy and letting them know the dates of your trip. Or at the very least, have their contact info on hand.

Make photocopies of your passport and leave one with friends and another tucked into your bag. Or, better yet, scan your passport and email a copy to yourself.

Never carry your wallet in your back pocket, and never carry your purse on just your shoulder. 

If you can’t afford to lose it (either financially or emotionally), don’t pack it.

And, most importantly: never, EVER leave any valuables in your vehicle. I don’t care if it’s safely hidden in the trunk. I don’t care if you’re parked in the safest part of town. Don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.