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
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.
Back to Articles Page
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.
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.
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.
Back to Articles Page