Remember, tourists make tempting targets for thieves. The best advice is to blend in with the crowd by doing the following:
- Always lock your car. Keep valuables hidden, preferably locked in the trunk. Don't advertise that you're a tourist by leaving maps and guidebooks on the seat or dashboard. Keep them in the glove compartment.
- Check maps before you go out so you can tour confidently.
- Don't display expensive jewelry, cameras, bags, and other items that may draw attention.
- Stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets at all times.
Traveling safely with your family also means sticking together and keeping an eye on your children at all times. Make sure they know where you're staying (name and address) and teach them what to do if they get lost or separated. You might want to agree on a meeting place, just in case. Make sure your kids know not to accept rides or favors from strangers. Make your family vacation a memorable one for all the right reasons.