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What did you do?

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What did you do?

Hi, my name is Kate and I am trying to find out what the majority of people do when they have traveled around the world and also your experiences. So I have a series of questions.... everyone and anyone can answer and the more the better :) PLEASE and THANKYOU!

1. How do you look after your valuables when traveling?

2. What valuables do you take overseas?

3. Have you ever had anything important stolen overseas (like a passport) and if so....how did this happen?

4. Do you think wearing a money belt is the best way to go?

Thank you so much.!!!

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1. Re: What did you do?

Kate my view on this is as follows.

1. and 2 I do not take any valuables overseas.

3. Therefore I have not had anything stolen

4. Never use a money belt as it identifies you as a money carrier.

Travellers are misled a lot by the hotel and travel media into believing they need to take as much luggage and paraphenalia as they can stuff into their flight allowance. In actual fact it is quite common on these pages to hear reports of people returning home with clothing that did not get unpacked whilst away. I too was guilty of this until I noticed just how little you really need. Travellers no longer go to the "Captains Table for Dinner"they really just move about these days trying to blend in. As a result of my trimming down I can go to Europe for 3 months with carry on bag only, and that includes my netbook.

Cheers Ross

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2. Re: What did you do?

One third of my luggage allowance is taken up by camera gear, so that leaves little room/weight for other stuff.

Regardless of what other people need, I do want my camera(s), my tripod and my Macbook. You may call them valuables, I call them essentials.

When travelling in the developed world I carry credit cards. Vietnam has lots of ATM's so getting cash here is no problem.

Else I carry Euros and USD. How you carry it is up to you, as long as it doesn't show and cannot be grabbed by pickpockets.

And I make sure I have ample insurance.

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3. Re: What did you do?

1 Leave most at home and the rest can be left with hotel security

2 Only what you need to bring

3 In Vietnam your passport often is held by hotel and is safe. pickpockets and bag snatches happen everywhere so keep in a seperate secure location

4 Only a loose hanging pouch attached to the belt and worn on the inside is really secure as It flows freely and cannot be seen. Belts shapes are visible under clothing when you walk. Best to carry ATM card and only the cash amount you think you need.



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4. Re: What did you do?

#1 - Divide between the two of us in various locations.... use the room safe....

#2 - Don't bother with watches or jewellery.... one phone only....

#3n - nope....

#4 - baldric uses a neck money wallet but we both have shorts 'n shirts with lots of pockets and hidden zips so again divide it all over the place so if pick pocketed, not going to get it all.....

cheers, baddles

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5. Re: What did you do?


1. I don't wear any jewelry if that's what you are referring too.

2. my valuables are my passport, netbook and camera.

3. No. but when flying out of cambodia, my cell phone was taken out of my luggage. Not sure if that counts.

4. You don't need alot of money in vietnam. I carried my money in my front pocket but you can't tell.

Also since you are new here, I would do a search on scams.

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6. Re: What did you do?

Erm, Kate - are you really planning to travel to Vietnam or is this some sort of general research project?

The way your question is phrased indicates the latter, which would not only be contrary to the Trip Advisor rules but also exploitative of people's genuine desire to help fellow travellers with their holidays.

Honesty wouldn't go amiss here, but if I have guessed incorrectly I apologise.

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7. Re: What did you do?

This sounds like a school assignment. Why the Dalat forum for such general questions ? I'm confused !

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8. Re: What did you do?

Kate's failure to reply speaks for itself methinks.

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9. Re: What did you do?

Mmmm in Dalat I can remember getting very wet under a waterfall! :)) And having a nice breakfast in some road side restaurant.

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