How to Protect Yourself from Local Evil-Doers

Traveling can be a risky venture, especially if you are some bigwig businessman traveling abroad. Such people can become easy targets for nefarious locals out for some quick cash or a large ransom payout. Thieves, however, are equal opportunists and if a businessman isn’t handy, any affluent looking foreign tourist will also do.

So what can you do to minimize the allure you might have for the bad guys? Business 2.0 has put together a two-page guide with some pretty easy tips for blending in and staying safe when the four horsemen of the travelers apocalypse approaches: Mugging, disease outbreak, kidnapping and civil unrest.

My favorite tip was attributed to Robert Young Pelton who carries a decoy wallet stuffed with small bills and expired credit cards. As long as you don’t get mugged twice, this trick should help protect your stash.