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Identity Theft

 Most travelers have no idea of the extent that identity theft affects tourists.

In most tourist destinations throughout the world there will be people operating with the intent on making money from the identity theft of unsuspecting travelers.

For this reason you should take all the necessary precautions to protect all of your personal documents and information.

With the convenience of the internet, many travelers will use Internet Cafes to send information to friends and family members and also to use online banking facilities.

This is where clever criminals can steal your personal information and even get access to your bank accounts and money.

It isn't all that hard to find out which services you have been using online and they are also able to access the information that you have entered into the computer during your use of it. That includes the passwords that you have entered into your online banking accounts.

Consider the affect it will have on your holiday when you go to pay for something only to find that a thief has emptied your bank account of all your funds.

Where possible, don't use any public computers for accessing private information and if there are no alternatives, make sure that you have used safe practices so that no one else can take advantage of the situation and cause you undue aggravation and loss of time and money.

Credit card theft is another problem for travelers and you should always keep your cards in a safe place at all times.

This also includes times when you are making purchases as unscrupulous traders can take imprints of your information when you are not looking, or when your card is out of sight and then use that information to take more funds out of your account.

It's often not until you get back from your holiday that you will find the money has been stolen.

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Identity Theft Deterrent

Keeping a Diary of Your Travels

 Don't assume that your hotel room will have writing paper and pens for you to write down information you need to remember.

At the very least you should take a pen and some paper because there are bound to be times when you will need to record some information during your travels.

It might be instructions on how to get to another destination, phone numbers or even the names of restaurants that other travelers recommend you dine at.

A diary is a good idea because you can enter the information in the appropriate days you are away and you might even like to take notes for a return visit or for the benefit of other people who you know might want to travel to the same places.

If you do take a diary make sure it is small enough to be conveniently carried most of the time you are away otherwise you won't tend to use it. You should look for one that you can carry in your pocket along with the pen or pencil.

You might even decide to keep your checklist written in the pages of the diary so that everything is in the one place at all times.

The tidier and more organized you can keep everything when you are away the less time you will spend rummaging around trying to find things.

Some people even keep a running budget of their expenses in their diary and this is something that might be necessary if you are on a tight budget.

It is very easy to overspend when you are away on holiday, when everything looks different and new, but it's not very pleasant to find that you have run out of money and the holiday is only half over.

Anything that you write in your travel diary will make planning for subsequent trips a lot easier.

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Quote: Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
- Anatole France

Insurance Requirements for Travelers

 Insurance cover is essential no matter how safe you might think you are from needing it.

Anything can happen to anyone at any time and it is the times that you decide not to have insurance cover that something is most likely to happen.

People on a tight budget often consider not paying for insurance thinking that the horror stories they hear about other travelers stuck in overseas hospitals with poor medical care won't happen to them.

Everyone thinks it won't happen to them but the fact of the matter is, it is happening to people all the time and you could be the next person needing assistance.

There are many options when it comes to travel insurance and you can get a policy that will suit your needs for a very reasonable price.

You can get free quotes on the Internet and with all the competition in the insurance market you should be able to get a good deal.

Apart from travel insurance you should also consider getting medical insurance and even cancellation insurance.

If you are taking valuables away with you on holiday you should also consider getting insurance for them too as they can be quite easily lost with all the moving about you will be doing.

While it is better to leave all your valuables at home if possible, it doesn't cost all that much to insure them if you really must take them. Make sure that the insurance policy is for the replacement cost of the item rather than a set price that might not cover the current value.

There's a rule with seasoned travelers that suggests you should only take away on holiday items that you can afford to lose, as then you will be prepared for the worst case scenario. If you can't afford to lose it, leave it at home and you won't be traveling with the worry.

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Keeping Memories

 With the technological advances that have taken place in recent years for digital cameras and video cameras it is so much more affordable to keep your memories of your holidays than it was only a few years ago.

The price of digital equipment has dropped considerably and the fact that you no longer have to pay for the processing of films means you can click away at anything and everything that you think will be of interest.

Digital cameras last for years and even if you don't have enough funds to buy new equipment there are some exceptional deals on auction sites such as eBay where you can get a good camera for a few dollars. Once you have the equipment there are no other expenses involved.

You will need to decide how many pictures you are likely to take and make sure that your camera has enough storage or else you can get an account with the many different photo sharing services on the internet and download your photos freeing up space in your camera. If you have access to the Internet these services can be very convenient to use.

You will need to ensure that your batteries are fully charged at all times and to do this you will have to be sure that you have the correct plug to charge your camera batteries as some countries have different electrical sockets and also different voltage settings.

Another thing that you need to consider is how you intend to carry your cameras around when you are sightseeing. There are many camera bags to choose from and the ones that are generally most suitable for travelers are those that are attached to a belt that you can wear comfortably around your waist.

The smaller size of the modern cameras and videos makes them easier to carry.

It is probably wise to take additional batteries and extra storage cards as they take up very little room and to buy them when overseas might be more expensive than buying them at home.

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