Do your homework
Understand local laws, culture, attitudes, etiquette etc. before travelling to a different country. Read up on common crimes or scams in the area, and find out which places are considered safe and which aren't.
Keep belongings safe
Keep your purse, wallet and travel documents in a safe place, and never in your back pocket. Avoid hanging an expensive camera around your neck; although it may be more hassle getting it in and out of your bag, it will be worth the effort.
Related: The 10 worst cities pickpockets
Take out Insurance
Regardless of how long you are going away for, it is vital that you take out the necessary insurance to protect you and your valuables whilst on holiday.
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Have a health check-up
There's no better time to have a check-up than prior to a holiday. It's far better to do this at home than away, and it will give you peace of mind to know you are in good working order.
You should also check whether you need any vaccinations well in advance.
Convert some of your money into travellers' cheques. Don't carry all your money in your purse or wallet; hide some of it in a hidden luggage compartment.
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