Travel Tip #1: Wear a Money Belt

Everytime we travel to a new place, safety is our foremost consideration. While researching for our trip to Europe this summer, I learned that there are a lot of pickpockets in Rome, Italy. One expert that many American travelers are familiar with, Rick Steves, always drives a point for travelers to wear a money belt. The type of money belt shown here is worn across the waist. This costs around $10.00. There is also one type where it is worn on the neck for the same cost. You put most of your cash and credit cards in it and just have a small amount of cash in your wallet. If your wallet gets pickpocketed, you won't lose all your cash. It is also advisable to leave your passports in the hotel safe since you won't need it while sightseeing.

In Rick Steves' website, he also has a page with helpful tips about the different scams that target tourists, tips from travellers on how to avoid being ripped-off and more. When riding public transportation, always put your purse in front of you. If you see a commotion, be alert. Thieves usually set this up to distract people. Always be on the lookout for these.

Always remember that when we are in a foreign country, we need to be aware of the surroundings. Always use your common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.


  1. Hi Babette, nice blog. :) My husband also use a money belt when he travels. It's the safest place for your money.

  2. This is a great idea. Here in Manila there are a lot of purse snatchers and pickpockets. I have to deal with these kind of people every day.

  3. Si Jp din, meron nito but yong sa kanya.. naka attached sa belt at doon niya nilagay pati cards at passports namin. lol*


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