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Ask permission before photographing people

Ask permission before photographing people If photographing people, always politely ask permission first. In some cultures, it is rude to take photographs of people you do not know.  If there are language problems simply show them the camera, people will likely nod or shake the head (on certain occasions, they may ask for a small...

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Crowded places

Be careful in crowded places Pay particular attention to your belongings in crowded situations, such as queuing for tourist attraction or onboard a bus/ train. This is when pickpockets have the best opportunities to steal your possessions.

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Keeping your passport secure

Keep your passport secure * Make a note of your passport number, take a photocopy of the personal details page, and keep this separately from the passport. * keep your passport in a secure place * don’t carry your passport in your pocket * carry other photo identification with you * never hand your...

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Local language problems

In countries like Russia and China with difficult written characters, get someone to write the name of your hotel down, so that you can show this to taxi drivers or people to help with directions.

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Respect customs and culture

Respect each countries customs and culture, with this courtesy, people will respect you as a traveller.  For example, in some countries it is best to dress conservatively Behaviour abroad really comes down to common sense. If you visit a country where you should cover up, don’t walk around in a bikini...

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Scan copies of your important documents

Scan copies of your important documents, such as Passports, Visas and booking confirmations.  Store these scanned copies on a password protected USB stick or email them to yourself or friend so you can access them if need to on the road.

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Spread your cash

Spread out your valuables such as cash and credit cards amongst your bags and jackets. This will minimise the loss if one of your bags or your coat is stolen.

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Use backpack as a pillow

On an overnight train or when sleeping at an airport, throw a fleece over your backpack and use it as a pillow. This is surprisingly comfortable whilst helping you secure your belongings.

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