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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.
Make a copy of your passport: when in a tough spot, this could be your ticket back home
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
Learn the local language: a few words go a long way
Look for local transportation: ask at the information desk at the airport for prices, and only use official methods of transportation
Know your way out: get acquainted with the emergency exits and the floor plan.
Use the elevator: statistically speaking, most crimes happen in isolated staircases.
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.
Lock your room: a helpful tip is to travel with your own doorstop.
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.
Lock the doors when taking a car: this applies to renting a car or taking a taxi, and try to keep your windows up.
Stay Alert: pay attention to what's happening around you.
Be mindful when drinking: alcohol impairs judgment, and know the local customs and restrictions for alcohol.
Walk the walk: try not to look confused or lost, and exude confidence in every step.
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.
Trust your instincts: if something doesn't feel right, it's probably not.
Commotion? Don’t check it out: the best way to avoid trouble is to stay away from it.
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