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Parents want vacations to run smoothly. No one should get sick, hurt, or lost. Sometimes the latter is the hardest to avoid. Families have wanderers, eager-beavers, and inherently independent little ones that need special attention, especially in crowded places. Modern Family fans will remember the scene when Lily, a young child, runs around Disneyland, driving her fathers mad. They resigned to buying her a pair of high heeled princess shoes to slow her down. My parents chose the leash.
The cream color conjured up memories of the 1980s. It looked like the brassieres that my grandmother wore when I was a kid (unfortunately, I remember seeing them hanging in the bathroom). It fit very snuggly around my torso. When I finally unhooked the clasp, I noticed that I had indentations in my skin from the elastic band and sweat had collected where the belt made the most intimate contact with my body. I’d spent a day in Quito, Ecuador wearing a money belt and felt like I should have complemented it with a pair of control top pantyhose.
Money belts have been around for decades, and travelers have relied on them to thwart pickpockets all around the world. Are these people – and in Quito, I was one of them – being smart or paranoid? Petty crime happens almost everywhere. Certain cities, such as Rome, Paris, and Buenos Aires, have developed reputations for being rife with pickpockets. These thieves prey on tourists, especially those who announce to the world that they’re visitors by carrying large bags, donning souvenir shirts, and taking pictures of famous landmarks. Stop paying attention for just a moment and you could find that your wallet is no longer in your pocket.
If your love of social media is as strong as your love of travel, then you’ve no doubt discovered the delicious by-product of combining these two passions: bragging on social media about your trip during your trip.
I’ve been quite guilty of this while on the road with my family or traveling solo, sharing one real-time photo after another. But when I consider that my future teens (and yours) will soon enough find themselves traveling as unaccompanied minors, it’s clear what my first piece of safety advice has to be: Do as I say and not as I do.
Or, as SafetyWeb more succinctly puts it, stop oversharing. The website, which among its services can track your child’s “digital footprint” and provide details about what your kids are posting and where, observes that traveling teens who overshare details about their whereabouts risk “getting unwanted attention from potential predators or strangers.”
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