Passports are often stolen from holidaymakers, by thieves who might wish to sell them for a profit.
However, a strategic purchase could help you keep your travel documents safe from crooks, says Quora user and frequent traveller Erica Pelzek.
That purchase is a money belt, which can be worn under your clothing while out and about.
“While money belts may look kind of, well, dorky, and give you a slightly unflattering bulge at the waistline, they are worth the peace of mind.”
Passport advice: Purchasing this item can help you keep it safe
Money belts are worth the peace of mind
“A money belt keeps the essentials in a secure place (unlike back trouser pockets), out of sight of potential thieves and tucked under clothing.”
For those still getting used to using a money belt, or who find it uncomfortable to wear the item, Erica recommends experimenting with different styles.
While waist strap money belts are more well known, there are also makes that can be worn around the neck, she highlights.
“Even if the country you’re traveling around is English-speaking and you have a strong sense of safety, losing or having a wallet stolen—particularly if it contains your UK passport—can be devastating.”
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However, sometimes thieves will pull out all stops to get your passport and other valuables – meaning it cannot fully be avoided.
Therefore, you need to prepare – and Steve Young, an international traveller, weighed in on the Quora forum with his tips.
“Carry a photocopy with you,” he advised holidaymakers who are heading abroad.
He also recommended carrying extra cash: “Hotels won’t like it if you run out of cash while waiting for your replacement passport. A rule of thumb is to pack half as many clothes as you think you’ll need and twice the amount of cash.”
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It was recently revealed that some passports are being sold illegally for as much as £1,000 online.
On the Belfast Craigslist website, one user was selling an Irish passport for this sum.
The passport being flogged stated to be a “male Irish” with an expiry date of November 2020.
This is banned under Craigslist’s prohibited items, which include: “ID cards [and] government documents”, therefore making the sale of passports on the website illegal.