So, if you’re planning on taking a big trip, here are some tips on how to stay safe when you’re traveling. These come from the Bottom Line Personal and Randal W. Spivey, director of the Safe Travel Institute.

  • Always leave your expensive jewelry at home. And carry a second wallet – with expired credit cards and a small amount of cash – that you can hand over if you get mugged.

  • In hotels, stay in rooms between the second and the seventh floors so that you’re above street level – where the most burglaries occur - but low enough to be reached by fire truck ladders.

  • On a plane, sit in a window seat near the back – preferably in the exit row – so you can get out quickly in case of a fire. Also, Spivey says you’d be farthest from any dangerous activity in the event of a hijacking.

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