You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your daily life. Or you’re yearning for something exciting and different. You’re craving new experiences and new challenges. Travel is the ideal place to test yourself. It pushes people to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone. No doubt there are millions of reasons why to travel.
Securing Your Belongings While Travelling The World
Travels and vacations are supposed to be a time to leave your worries behind. However, when it comes to you and your stuff, there is no telling how or when you might be separated, whether briefly or permanently, in your trek from your car seat to your airplane seat and back again.
Here are a couple of tips for keeping your belongings safe while traveling:
• While Sleeping on a train, bus, crowded hostel room, or any other public place, always keep your money, passport, credit cards and camera memory cards on you. Preferably in a money belt. Most likely you will wake up if somebody tries reaches down your pants while you are sleeping. At least I hope so.
• Always keep your valuables (ie. camera, laptop, or anything else you don’t want stolen) with you. Don’t put them under the bus or give them to a taxi/van driver offering to put your bags in the trunk. I always keep my bag on my lap. I also keep a couple different stashes of money and credit cards. I keep most of my cash and cards on me (in my bra or money belt) and the other half somewhere hidden in my bag — that way I won’t be stuck with zero money if something happens. The only exception to this rule is when I’m sleeping in a public place (in this case, I keep everything in my money belt.
• If I’m sleeping on a train or in a public place, I use a lock or PacSafe for my small backpack and lock it to something secure or sleep with my arms around it. Click here for more options.
• I now use a small PacSafe purse when walking around in a city. It’s big enough to carry my wallet, passport, phone, and a few other items. I’ve also tried the bra stash when I don’t want to carry around a purse. I have sensitive skin and the Eagle Creek bra stash doesn’t irritate my skin.If I decide I don’t want to bring a small backpack on day trips, I’ll carry this padded camera bag.
• When booking a hotel or hostel, make sure it has good reviews when it comes to security and they offer a locker or in-room safe.
• I always purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers my valuables if something were to happen. I use World Nomads because they have a great reputation. They also offer insurance for digital nomads who want extra coverage for things like laptops, camera gear, phones, and iPads. You can also look into covering these items if you have a homeowners or renter’s policy on your home.
• Don’t get wasted and walk around alone in unfamiliar territory. (Which is something I also did in Amsterdam, but luckily nothing bad happened).
• Start a business or find other means to fund your travels. Running a business will help fund travel and you can explore the world without worrying about spending and/or if you can discover a way to work remotely, find a position abroad that uses your skills, or uncover a system for taking periodical ‘sabbaticals’ throughout the year, then you’ll have discovered the freedom to explore this big, beautiful world.