Everyone knows the drill about basic travel safety tips: hide your passport, your cash and credit cards in pouches under your clothes. Leave your fancy watches and jewelry at home. But with violence popping up in airports and popular tourist destinations, there is a growing concern about more serious kinds of travel safety. 

That’s why Randy Spivey founded the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, or CPPS. It’s an organization that offers intensive crash courses in travel safety.

“Every traveler ought to have some baseline training,” Spivey told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a life skill now.”

Here are some CPPS insights:

Lower your profile. Use a fake or plain leather passport cover. Travel with someone, if possible. Walk with a purpose. No looking at your phone.

Take precautions. Register with the State Department’s STEP program – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Pack more than one wallet. Request a room on floors 2-7 at your hotel. Keep paper copies of your passport page in a separate bag. Have a family alert code to slip into sentences in emergencies.

Think ahead. Know how you’ll safely get to your hotel from the airport. Reverse direction occasionally when walking.

Get help. If detained by a government representative, such as local police or customs official, ask for an embassy representative. Don’t talk – legal systems are so different you might get yourself into trouble.

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