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How to avoid getting your stuff stolen?


by @matthieudrula | 5yr  | 8 comments

Hey guys,
My question might be blunt ahah but โ€ฆ how do you get your stuff stolen?
Do you stay in hostels, or shady hotels? Or do you get robbed?
I stopped using hostel with outsiders and I pretty much only use budget hotel now.
I have heard about an app that take screenshots of your room and send it to you if it detects movement too so you can alert the hotel staff.
I donโ€™t want to make everybody paranoiac too ;).

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@kirkbeard | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been travelling for almost three years now, and have spent 75% of that time in hostels, and have not had anything stolen from the hostel. So long as you use a bit of common sense, you should be able to minimise any risks of things being stolen from your hostel.

  • Most hostels include free lockers, so make use of them
  • Donโ€™t go flashing your expensive stuff around more than you have to
  • Read the reviews/ratings of the hostel on HostelWorld, etc
  • Get to know the people youโ€™re sharing the room with, 99% of people are really nice and arenโ€™t out to rob you
  • Password/encrypt everything
  • Anticipate being robbed: do regular online/offsite backups (donโ€™t back up to a hard drive that you store with your laptop, because theyโ€™ll probably steal them both)
  • Get travel insurance, so if/when something is stolen, youโ€™re covered

I had serious concerns about theft before I began my travels, but I have not had any issues to date, and I donโ€™t anticipate any future issues. But, if anything ever happens, I know I will not lose any data, and my travel insurance has got me covered.

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@ahshiman | 3yr

Who do you use for travel insurance?

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@jodie_taylor | 5yr

I bought one of these - Pacsafe 5l travel safe (they also do them in other sizes, but this is perfect size for a Macbook Air 11โ€™, small digital camera, passport, cash etc - http://www.pacsafe.com/travelsafe-5l-portable-safe-1.html and find it gives me peace of mind locking stuff up in my apartment, hotel or hostel. I actually didnโ€™t use it and simply locked my stuff in a hostel locker in April and someone stole my Macbook! I dont think it would have happened if I used this as youโ€™d need a saw/bolt cutters to get in to this, not indestructable, but deters unprepared thieves for sure.

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@jodie_taylor | 5yr

If you did buy one you might want to swap the combination lock it comes with for a good quality key lock instead though.

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@mule5 | 5yr

If data security is a concern, whole disk encryption on the laptop is a must. While traveling in Brazil I setup whole disk encryption on my laptop, so if the laptop is stolen, all the data is encrypted. So theyโ€™d have to completely wipe the hard drive for the laptop to be used again. Without the boot up password, the laptop will not turn on since the data isnโ€™t read-able.

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@pfaff90 | 5yr

Hi matthew

I think there are some obvious tricks. Donโ€™t show around that you have an iPhone (also avoid white earphonesโ€ฆ) . Donโ€™t sit around with your laptop in public places. But still that doesnโ€™t make it totally safe. As wanderingdev just mentioned my laptop just got stolen out of my hotelroom. It was a really nice B&B and no hostel. Then two years ago my camera was stolen in a restaurant in Cochabambaโ€ฆ

The best thing you actually can do is to be prepared:

  1. check with your inssurance that they will pay
  2. set up tracking software like โ€œfind my iphoneโ€
  3. make backups
  4. carry on copies of your passport and important numbers (e.g. embassyโ€ฆ)
  5. adapt your mindset: for some places in this world theft is just part of the deal when you decide to go there
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@wanderingdev | 5yr

scroll down a bit to the thread about where to buy a laptop to read about the guy who had his stolen from his hotel room. hotel rooms arenโ€™t automatically safer. you just have to do what you can and take your chances. I do have prey set up on all of my devices but who knows if itโ€™ll work if something gets taken.

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

That would be assuming that a) the staff would care and b) the staff arenโ€™t the ones doing the stealing.

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Hi everybody!

I just joined this community because Iโ€™m currently in a place in life where I can live the digital nomad lifestyle and I feel like I would really be missing out if I didnโ€™t catch this opportunity. I work fully remotely, no fixed hours, I currently live in northern Italy and I basically have no partner or kids.

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Laptop and internet is enough for me to work but I need decent internet for conferencing and I really have to put in the hours: some days are more relaxed, others Iโ€™ll have to work all day and night.
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I like decent food but Iโ€™m very adaptable in terms of tastes: anything is fine as long as quality is good and sanitary conditions are acceptable.
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I prefer places with a bit more of history and culture (this is one of the reasons why I absolutely loved Portugal, for example).
Iโ€™d like to spend under $3k average per month for rent, food and going out.

For now I was thinking either:

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  • South East Asia; Iโ€™ve been to Hong Kong a few times before, now I was thinking either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, or possibly Thailand
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When? Ideally I would leave anywhere from mid to late March and stay away for 2 or 3 months.

Sorry for the long read, I hope to get some input. Thank you for your time, if we ever meet in person I owe you a beer (or whatever youโ€™d prefer).

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I am an English/American currently in Israel, and heading in a week to Georgia/Armenia for two weeks and then want to head to Russia for a week.
As I am only in Israel for another week, would it be possible to apply for the visa in Israel and ask to receive it in Armenia (my last stop before I want to go to Russia)?
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I had this impression for a while now, but now it seems impossible to find a monthly stay over airbnb for a decent price. Just now I was looking at Utrecht which averages at 2500 euro per month for a studio. People seem to provide only small monthly discounts. In my last few trips I relied on Facebook groups for finding stay. I do have decent budget but paying โ‚ฌ1500+ for a studio in a European city simply seems ridiculous. How is everyone else finding accommodation?

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Hi All,

My question is about banking when it comes to being overseas/working etc. How do you avoid getting charged large fees by your bank when withdrawing overseas?

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Soโ€ฆ Trump is Prez. The world looks to the US as a role model. He doesnโ€™t think Climate Change is real. Weโ€™re [email protected]#$ed.

Canadian Citizen here. Was considering Costa Rica for a long term solution, but they wonโ€™t deal with the impact as well. We were always fond of NZ and my parents spend at least 3 months of the year there along with knowing some citizens.

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Thanks!

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Iโ€™m ticking off my lists before I venture off again and am starting to purchase stuff like 4G Routers, Wireless speakers, Mice, etc.

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Hi there!

Iโ€™m going Nomad in about 3 months. Mainly Iโ€™ll stay in some places for at least 1 month, but Iโ€™m planning some backpacking trips in between movings. So Iโ€™m planning to travel carry-on only on this trips. But I also would like to carry with me some non-indispensable stuff that helps me to keep up with my lifestyle and work on the places where Iโ€™ll stay for a longer period. For example a blender, coffee and an Aeropress to prepare my bulleproof coffee. Also my guitar, some camera gear, a good quality screen to work, etcโ€ฆ

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by @danielgenser | 5yr 4 years ago | 52 comments

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In Colombia, I have heard people telling me that once you have a work visa you can enter and not care about what happen if you get fired.
Unlike the USA where if you lose your job, you are *****ed.
Is it a possibility to get a job, get in, open a bank account(not sure if thatโ€™s a good idea since itโ€™s not going to receive a consistent flow of cash from a Colombian company), then quit and work as a freelance remote.

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by @idrisraja | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Does anyone know of a service where I can buy SIM cards for countries before actually getting to the country? My mobile coverage doesnโ€™t work most places out of the US (or itโ€™s an exorbitant cost). I just want to land in the country, and pop in a SIM card right at the airport.

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