10) Discourage the Thieves
It’s a sad fact of life that people who steal are likely to target people who are less able to chase them down the street. Everybody needs to be vigilant against pickpockets, especially in crowded cities, but older people will benefit from being extra careful when protecting their belongings. Safety belts that can be worn under your clothes and around your stomach are perfect for storing the bulk of your cash and your passport, and you should always leave as many of your valuables as possible in your hotel safe. Some travelers advise against using the small standalone safes that are often put in hotel rooms as it’s quite easy for thieves just to take the whole safe with them, so ask at the front desk if they have a safe there. Sometimes it’s also a bad idea to put the “clean my room” sign on the outside of your door when you leave, as you’re effectively advertising that your room is empty to would-be thieves. A quiet word at the front desk will ensure your room is cleaned when you’re not there.
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