If you’re traveling in an area of the world that doesn’t quite speak the same language as you, it’s extremely important to at least know the basics in the local language. There are countless guides online for almost every language in the world, where you can simply type in a few phrases and it will tell you how to say them. It’s important to learn how to ask for the police and a telephone, as well as for directions and help.
2. Decoy wallet
If you’re ever mugged, typically your assailant will obviously go straight for the good stuff - they want your money/wallet. Most thieves won’t stick around to count their plunder, so why give away the good stuff. Why not hide your valuables and then keep a decoy wallet, specially thieve-ready. Load your ‘faux’ wallet with just a few dollars, maybe an old I.D. and some of those promotional credit cards that you receive in the mail (or gift cards work too).