"Be a Prepared Traveler" Greece Favorite Tip by Callavetta

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Favorite thing: These suggestions may seem obvious to the practiced and experienced traveler. They are certainly not specific to Greece. But it was in Greece that we were robbed of backpack, wallets, cameras, passports and our identity.

In retrospect, it was obviously a stupid thing to put the backpack on the floor next to her chair and get absorbed in reading emails from home. Internet cafes are apparently prime cruising grounds for thieves. But everyone sufferes a lapse of judgement now and then, right? And when it's gone... it's gone! So aside from the obvious precautionary tips; NEVER leave a backpack or bag outside of your immediate control, the experience reinforced some very important travel tips.

Prepare to be robbed. Granted, it feels lousey to assume the worse about human beings. If you aren't robbed, it's a needless precaution. If you are, you'll save time and money.

Keep copies of important documents in a place separate from the documents themselves. Xeroxed copies of your passport, kept in your toiletry bag or the pocket of a suitcase will save you loads of time and effort when you apply for a new one.

Have phone numbers for all of providers of your credit and debit cards. If you can subscribe to one of those services that will cancel all of your cards if lost, it will save a ton of time and stress when you want to cancel what's been stolen.

Don't carry all your credit or debit cards together. If you lose one (or one gets swallowed by an ATM machine), you'll still have another source of cash.

Know where the police station and appropriate embassy is. If your passport is stolen, you will need to provide the Embassy office with a copy of a police report, notifying local authorities fo the theft.

Retain your sense of humor. Don't let the setback ruin your vacation. A trip to your Embassy can be an interesting field trip that you might not otherwise be able to make.

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  • Written Nov 9, 2005
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