Having the opportunity to travel the world and see new and exciting places is an experience most people only dream of. The funny thing is that people do it all the time, yet it’s a far-fetched idea to most… mainly because it requires too big a sacrifice.
To live the life of a digital nomad and travel the world continuously means that you’re going to have to give up your full-time job, which also means giving up a stable source of income. That’s the part that instills fear in most people It’s understandable though as people lead different lives, and what’s normal to some is alien to most.
Not everyone can take on this lifestyle because they have a family and responsibilities that they can abandon. A house, a mortgage or family they need to take care of. While it’s a dream lifestyle for many, and ideal for those with little responsibility, it’s definitely not for everyone.
Others are afraid of change, and that’s fine. The thing that people fail to understand is that just because you let go of your full-time job to travel, doesn’t mean you won’t be making any money during your travels. This is where digital nomadism comes into play.
Taking on the digital nomad lifestyle allows you to see the world all while earning an income… you just need internet access, a laptop and a very good idea to make it work. Most people will find a web-based website builder and create an online store to build their steady income, allowing them to make money and enjoy the country they’re visiting.
Others will think of courses to train others, set up blogs or YouTube channels to try to make money from the road, and have a somewhat steady income while they travel.
Now, while enjoying the country you’re visiting, you also have to keep in mind that although this lifestyle allows you the freedom to see the world, it also comes with many dangers and risks. One of the biggest risks you’re going to face is keeping your belongings safe.
Keeping your belongings safe may not be the thing you want to talk about but its an important aspect about traveling you want to make sure you’re fully prepared for. From you IDs and important documents to your personal equipment and credit cards, you want to always keep your eyes and ears open to keep your belongings safe during your travels… here’s how to do it.
Take Notes From the Locals
When traveling overseas, one of the first things you need to do once you arrive is pay attention to the locals. What type of clothes are they wearing? Are they holding on to their purses and bags or are they wearing backpacks? Are they leaving things on the table or is everything put away?
You want to pay attention to these things because it’s going to let you know how you need to navigate. You especially want to take notes on how the locals dress. According to Reader’s Digest, the clothes you wear are one of the biggest ways pickpocketers target you as a tourist; it’s also a secret that pickpocketers don’t want you to know about.
So instead of wearing your favorite “Homegrown in Kansas” T-shirt, take notes from the locals and dress accordingly. When you blend in with the locals, thieves won’t see you as a target to rob.
Invest in Quality Travel Gear
When traveling overseas, you want to make sure you invest in good-quality travel gear. Things like theft-proof backpacks are great ways to keep your belongings safe. You might head to a nearby cafe to do some work on your website… you don’t want to put your expensive laptop and camera in just a regular backpack; you need to put it in a theft-proof backpack.
In addition to investing in quality travel gear, you also want to make sure you keep your belongings close to you and within your sight… You want to always keep everything that goes in a wallet, like your IDs, credit cards, and cash close to you, not in a bag you’re carrying… just take the lesson learned in Mexico.
Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open: Watch Your Surroundings
This tip is a particularly important one for solo travelers. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, have it in your mind that thieves are already on the lookout for you so it’s very important that you be very aware of your surroundings… the likelihood of being followed are very high.
If you see that you are being followed, act normal and take a detour to a public place like a cafe or restaurant and have a seat… order some food and sit for as long as you need to so the stalker can leave. If you need to, alert someone of what’s going on and ask for a police escort.
Utilize Safes in Your Accommodations
If your hotel comes with or offers a safe, use it. When you’re out and about, you don’t need to carry everything with you and your valuables that you’re not carrying with you need to be locked away in a safe.
Lots of people think they don’t need a safe because their things are locked up in their hotel rooms and no one can get in… Well, no one can get in your room except hotel employees like housekeepers. That’s not saying that they’re definitely going to steal from you but you never know people’s intentions and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, again… if your hotel offers a safe, please use it.
Happy (but Safe) Travels!
As a digital nomad, you’re going to be traveling all over the world seeing things you thought you would only ever be able to see on TV. It’s important that you be able to enjoy your travels but it’s also important that you set yourself up with the know-how to not only protect yourself but also protect your personal belongings as well.
There are several things you can do to protect your personal belongings. Everything from looking and acting like the locals to investing in quality travel gear, all play a significant role in how you’re going to make memories on your digital nomad adventures.
You will either remember a particular location as the place where you swam with dolphins for the first time or you’ll remember it as the place where someone stole your debit card and completely wiped out your savings account.
Don’t the safety of your belongings for granted… You can still have fun and enjoy your destination while taking safety precautions.