My friend and fellow Boarding Area blogger Seth, aka The Wandering Aramean, is currently on a trip to Montevideo. I always enjoy seeing pictures on Facebook from Seth’s trips, and today was no exception. A few hours ago he posted a giant bowl of barbecued meats, which made me hungry (not to mention envious of his awesome meal). Then just a little while later, he posted that immediately after lunch, he was pickpocketed.
Being Seth, he pretty quickly got a blog post up about chasing the guy who grabbed his wallet out of his pocket. He is the first to acknowledge it could have been way worse: the thieves only got about $60 in cash, not his wallet, credit cards, phone, or camera. I am very glad to hear that! However, it turns out that even if his credit cards had been stolen, he wouldn’t have been completely out of luck. See, Seth is a veteran traveler, and has been to more countries than anyone else I know. As a precaution, in case this very thing happened, he had two backup credit cards in his suitcase.
Now, I know that if you read travel sites they all recommend this kind of thing. Make copies of your passport and credit cards, and keep some money and an extra credit card in your suitcase. I’m pretty sure I did those things for my first international business trip seven years ago (which I guess technically means that I still have pictures of my passport) but haven’t really made the time for all it since. Which is so dumb! Stuff is stolen. Wallets are lost. Hotel rooms are broken into. I am so sorry this happened to Seth, but it is a great reminder to actually be prepared in case it happens to someone else.
Seth, I’m glad you weren’t hurt! Hope the rest of your vacation goes much more smoothly.
(BTW if you don’t read The Wandering Aramean, you should—it is highly entertaining.)
Readers, have you ever had your wallet stolen on an international trip? Do you take any security precautions?