When traveling, especially outside of the continental United States, it is imperative to have an acute awareness of the local norms and practices. At times, this deliberate behavior can demonstrate your respect and appreciation for the local culture; as well as, be a priceless keys to increase your personal safety throughout your trip. This is not intended to be and exhaustively precise list what to do when traveling abroad but we want to point out some key factors in keeping you safe when you decide to 'get some stamps on your passport'.
The seemingly innocent practice of wearing certain types of jewelry can be a cultural faux pas, and or bring about unwanted attention to yourself. For example, Avenida Atlantica a popular street and tourist haven on the breathtaking Copacabana Beach in Rio De Rio De Janeiro, is also a area for petty pickpockets and snatch and grab thieves that mark unwitting tourist. These tourist are not aware of the culture norms thus becoming targets for robberies, as we witnessed in the times leading up to the 2016 Olympics Games. A 2020 report published in the 'Archyde' stated that the crime in Rio has increased by 71%, and a large part potentially being targeted tourist.
When you arrive in your host country, be sure to identity the locations of your national embassy and or national/local resource; in the event of an emergency, you know exactly who can assist you in a time of need.
Your preparedness journey does not end when you are on vacation, it is modified to ensure your safety while your have fun.