Safety is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Listed below are tips to increase your safety factor:
When you check into your hotel, give your Bellman a $5.00 to $10.00 tip. Tell him your name and ask him a question about your stay at the resort, Keep this conversation, brief and professional
Use the Hotel safe for money, your travel documents and jewelry. If you use your room safe, be sure you know how to operate the safe properly.
Always try to originate your cab ride from your hotel. When away from your hotel try to avoid asking strangers for directions. If you get lost or need help, go to the nearest Hotel (the larger the better) and ask for help at the Front desk!
Select your ‘return trip cab’ with caution and always be aware of your surroundings
Invest in a body purse or use a money belt.
Do not flash cash, foreign or domestic. If you are not sure of the money exchange, it is OK to leave a little extra money on the table.
When meeting people during your travel, do not give out your hotel room number. Meet people in the lobby or have the Hotel operator connect them to your room.
If you decide to go out with a suitor that you meet while traveling, have him/her pick you up at your Hotel. Find your Bellman, and casually mention that you are going out with one of the locals and ask a question about where to go? (The Hotel does not want anything to happen to you, because then who would pay the bill?)
ALWAYS remember to BE SAFE in personal or sexual encounters. Don’t get caught up in the moment! At least not in a foreign country.
Remember, if you are an American, you could be a target! OR, they may want to marry you so they can move to the US. (Note: In Egypt men are legally allowed to have three wives)
Wait until the last day before your departure before giving out your home address or telephone number. (You would not want this information forwarded to a professional thief while you are away on vacation)
Try not to break anyone’s heart.
If you get into trouble, contact the nearest US Embassy.
Leave a detailed itinerary with a friend or relative at home. Check in with this family member or friend often during your vacation.
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