While there are some exotic vacation and honeymoon spots with a dangerous rep that are softening to tourism now, some popular and seemingly harmless getaway locales require a little extra vigilance. Here are some tips, straight from the local police, to make sure your next getaway is as romantic and trouble-free as you'd like.
Watch out for the kindness of strangers — If someone asks how you like Barcelona or tries to hug you, hold on to your valuables tightly.
Beach jewelry isn't such a bargain. It's almost always made from inferior metal. A police spokeswoman says, "They might get a cheaper price [on the beach], but the jewelry is definitely not of the highest quality."
Take the city-licensed black cabs, and not the amateur "minicabs" that wait outside of tourist spots — in 2006 ten people per month were assaulted by minicab drivers.
Lock your car, and move any valuables to the trunk — leaving your ride unlocked might even earn you a $30 ticket.
Heading for some fun in the sun, or to take in some historical sights? To see tips for more cities,
Fun in the Sun!
- Las Vegas:
The biggie? Time your cab trip. If it takes more than 20 minutes, you've been had.
- New Orleans:
Shy away from street hucksters looking to make an easy bet with you — chances are, they're scam artists.
Steer clear of discounted multi-day theme park tickets sold outside the parks. Reselling the passes is a no-no and you'll get turned away if you're caught.
Sightseeing. . .
Don't leave your GPS in the car, especially around prime tourist spots like the Liberty Bell.
- Washington DC:
Keep track of personal electronics on the Metro, and car doors locked at gas stations — even if you're just running in to pay.
Want to make sure your honeymoon or vacation is safe for the planet too? An igloo in Switzerland or a treehouse in Africa — part of a growing trend of eco-trips — might just be paradise for you, and the planet.