Even to this day, with plenty of travel experience - I am finding myself at the mercy of the thief. Yesterday in the El Yunque rain forest of Puerto Rico, my rental car was parked along the road with 4-5 others while I was hiking to the La Mina falls. While I am traveling and must part from with my possessions, my mind runs through a series of checks. Yesterday, my mind was focused more on the probability of being robbed on the trail, so I stored the majority of my money in my backpack and left it at the base of the passenger’s seat.
No matter how safe you think you are, bad luck is never far away. With that said, plan your trips with scenarios like this in mind - travel light and travel safe. Do not leave yourself open to any moments of weakness, as that is the perfect time for a thief to strike. No matter how well you believe that you’ve planned for every aspect of the safety of you and your belongings, you are never truly safe.
(Photo by Brandon Elijah Scott / Eye & Pen)