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Travel Tips from CIA Agents 🕵️🧳

Pirates, have you ever wondered how spies travel the world? The CIA (yes the real one) recently answered a question from a visitor to their website, asking how their officers travel safely. Some of the highlights of their answers are below.

Published by
Eduardo Vega·10/11/2023

Objective One: Getting There

  1. Make a copy of your passport: when in a tough spot, this could be your ticket back home

  2. Register with your embassy: if anything were to happen, this makes it possible for them to contact you. You can register here if you are a US citizen

  3. Learn the local language: a few words go a long way

  4. Look for local transportation: ask at the information desk at the airport for prices, and only use official methods of transportation

Objective Two: Settling In

  1. Know your way out: get acquainted with the emergency exits and the floor plan.

  2. Use the elevator: statistically speaking, most crimes happen in isolated staircases.

  3. Get a middle floor: the ground floor makes it easier for break-ins, but some countries do not have the tools to reach high floors either.

  4. Lock your room: a helpful tip is to travel with your own doorstop.

  5. Beware of unsolicited knocks: be sure to confirm who is the person knocking on the other side. Didn't order something? Check with the front desk.

Objective Three: Stepping Out & About

  1. Lock the doors when taking a car: this applies to renting a car or taking a taxi, and try to keep your windows up.

  2. Stay Alert: pay attention to what's happening around you.

  3. Be mindful when drinking: alcohol impairs judgment, and know the local customs and restrictions for alcohol.

  4. Walk the walk: try not to look confused or lost, and exude confidence in every step.

  5. Plan your route and reroute as necessary: know where you are going! It takes you to a sketchy area of the city? Find a different way to get there.

  6. Trust your instincts: if something doesn't feel right, it's probably not.

  7. Commotion? Don’t check it out: the best way to avoid trouble is to stay away from it.

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