Just a few tips for travelers going to a strange country or city. Keep in mind that while a smile may be your umbrella, sometimes people want to steal the damn thing. So the first 4 trips for travel are:
1. Carry a cheap, spare throw-away wallet with a small amount of money and a junk ID. That way you can give them something while protecting the important stuff.
2. Use a money belt or the equivalent to hide the important stuff like your passport. (Do you have *any* idea how valuable a good US passport is?)
3. Get a locking cable for your backpack or briefcase so you can fasten it to your bed, desk or even train seat.
4. Put a chair under the door knob to your room and/or carry/make wedges to put under the door. You really don’t want people breaking in on you without notice.