Don’t walk around by yourself, especially at night, in places where it’s unsafe to do so. How do you know if a place is unsafe, you ask? Talk to the people who run your hotel or hostel -- if they tell you a street or neighborhood is a no-go zone, then listen. That rule goes double for walking around with headphones in (something you should NEVER do after dark, btw).
Lay off the sauce if you’re flying solo or out with people you don’t know. Would you get intoxicated at a bar by yourself in a major city back home? Oh, you would? Never mind, then. Just don't do it when you travel.
Bring a decoy wallet with a few canceled cards and a small amount of cash in it. Keep the good stuff hidden in your bra or shoe, and if a thief tries to rob you, hand the decoy wallet over -- you’ll both be happy. Or, at least the thief will be until he gets home, checks the wallet, and realizes he’s been duped. And speaking of deceiving pickpockets, here are our tips to avoiding them. Or, if someone does get ahold of your passport -- here's a step-by-step guide to getting a new one while overseas.