traveling safely

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How to Protect Yourself on the Road

1. "Print directions ahead of time. It sounds simple, but we're so used to cell phones that it's easy to forget we might not have Internet access abroad. I also love Pacsafe's small, portable safe. If you're in a hostel or a B&B, you need a secure place to lock up your passport and cash." — Alexandra Baackes, blogger,

2. "I carry extra cash in my shoe or a hidden pocket, enough to take a cab or get to a safe place if I find myself in trouble. And if I need assistance, I approach women and families, who I've found are more likely to help." —Marybeth Bond, National Geographic author and founder of

3. "I don't drink too much. If I'm somewhere unfamiliar, I want to be sharp and aware. But of course, in Italy, I'm having wine with my pasta." —Cat Clifford, a writer who spent her last five birthdays in a different country—alone!