I have never been robbed yet . . . . . is it because I’m lucky? . . . . . . perhaps I am more aware? . . . . . perhaps I am more careful?
I don’t really know. . . . . but that doesn’t stop me taking some precautions.
Something I’m Prepared To Lose
When I am overseas I generally have more cash than I have at home.
Cancelling credit cards can be slower and more difficult.
For that reason the wallet I use overseas is one I am prepared to lose.
It contains enough to make it look convincing as my only source of funds:
- Cash – Only enough to cover my expected spend for the day; say $100 – $150 dollars.
- Credit Cards – Cancelled or expired ones only.
- Hotel Key Card – A souvenir from a hotel stay years ago.
- Frequent Flyer Card – Not valuable
I still take the normal precautions against pickpockets with the wallet in the front pocket of my trousers.
However if my pocket was picked, or even if I was threatened for for my wallet I would be a little disappointed, but it would be an acceptable loss.
Much better than being injured, or killed trying to protect it.
In addition to the ‘Wallet’ I do have a ‘Stash’ of another $100-$150 dollars, my genuine credit card, and the real hotel key card.
I keep this in a small zip lock bag which fits in a tiny inconspicuous pocket inside the waistband of my trousers.
A secondary advantage of keeping only a small amount of cash in your wallet is when you are bargaining.
You can use the line “I’m almost spent up as you can see!”