Make sure that you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare, especially for international flights the lines will be long. If you are taking a cruise, do not let the relative safety of the ship lull you into think that you are totally safe. If you take a tour it better to use the tours that the ship arranges. Yes, they are more expensive, but the cruise lines usually have some type of control.
If you are not comfortable, because of recent events, then either do not go to that country or if there do not leave your hotel. If you do go out be aware of where you are at, again if you dont feel comfortable then leave. In other words, listen to your gut.
Do not dress in a manner that screams "I am a tourist". Be respectful of the customs of the country you are visiting, remember this is their country not yours. Do not wear flashy jewelry or carry big expensive cameras. Smartphones take great pictures these days. Speaking of smart phones carry yours at all times. Keep the cash you have with you to a minimum. If you use your credit card, make sure that it is the new chip cards. Keep it in your site at all times. Do not use debit cards.
First make sure that your passport has more than six months before it expires and that it has enough blank pages for customs stamping. Then make copies leave one copy at home with family members or a trusted friend. You should also bring multiple copies with you. After arriving at a foreign country and going through customs, leave your passport n the hotel safe and bring the copies with you.
Before leaving your hotel ask for a business card from the front desk with the hotel address in the language of the country you are visiting. With this you can always show it to a cab driver or someone else for directions back to your hotel.
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