In Sunday's column on travel scams, we looked at a number of financial frauds that can trip you up, whether on vacation or business.
Here are a few more savvy-traveler tips, from travel companies Fodor's and Lonely Planet.
1. Look back. Whether you're leaving a train seat or a cozy cafe, always look back at your seat to be sure you haven't left behind a backpack, camera or jacket. And never dangle any of those off the back of your chair, where they can easily be swiped.
2. Be upfront. Keep your wallet in a front pocket. Keep extra money or extra credit cards separately from your wallet, just so you have backup funds in case you're pick-pocketed.
3. Avoid PDAs. That's "Public Displays of Affluence," according to Lonely Planet, which advises against wearing expensive jewelry or a pricey camera slung around your neck. Especially if heading overseas, leave the gold bling at home and keep your expensive camera in its case when not in use.
4. Buy travel insurance. It could make a difference if something happens. But compare policies to be sure they cover the kinds of emergencies you think you might encounter.
5. Novice alert. Be wary of learning to ride a motor scooter or jet ski in a foreign country. The chances of getting into an accident are greater if you're a first-timer.
6. Check credentials. If you're signing up for a tour or scuba lessons, check the company's credentials and licensing ahead of time. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, for instance, lists accredited scuba instructors in other countries.
7. No credit cards at Internet cafes. Don't use a credit card to pay for Internet time and especially don't check your financial accounts or shop online in a public place. You could be targeted by thieves using software that records your computer keystrokes, giving them access to passwords or online accounts.
8. Muggers and beggars. Lonely Planet said giving cash to beggars is not advised, because you could become targeted by others if you're handing out money. And if someone tries to grab your purse, wallet or watch, give it up. It's easier than getting injured or worse.