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"Americans come to Guatemala --- they talk to Guatemalan people as if --- We are the light ---"
"This is annoying and stupid, this feeling of superiority gets them into trouble."
- Mario owner of Internet Cafe in Rio Dulce, Guatemala
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
- Helen Keller
Security is Situational Awareness and attention to detail.
Security is state or feeling of being safe and protected, the freedom from worries of loss, the assurance that something of value will not be taken away. What provides a sense of protection against loss, attack, or harm, what makes you feel safe, and protected against attack? There are precautions to maintain safety: precautions taken to keep somebody or something safe from crime, attack, or danger, there are security measures to learn and know.
Inside you home, neighborhood and city you know the dangers and subconsciously take the necessary precautions to be safe. When you travel outside the 25-50 mile radius or your home and neighborhood the rules change, the situations change, the people change, and you must adapt and cope with new problems. There are solutions to your security problems, there is a need for common sense so you do not become the target.
I met a Canadian man by the name of Jack in Acapulco, Mexico, he had worked in many countries doing large tunnel construction projects. For years he went from country to country working as management that ran these slip-form concrete projects. He married a women from Mexico City and lived until he died of cancer in Mexico, he was good friend and a true source of travel wisdom. Over the years he was involved in some crazy situations, he went into partnership on fish farm in Costa Rica with a famous Soccer athlete, then his corrupt partner had the contracts changed and he lost most of his saving. He moved to Acapulco and purchased a Condominium with his Canadian wife, then continued to travel and work around the planet. He returned to Acapulco and while he was gone his wife had used the Power of Attorney to transfer all his assets in Canada and the world into her name.
Extremely good natured and a drinker of many beers during the hot beach days of Acapulco, Mexico, I remember him saying,
"Never talk about God or Politics."
This was the best advice given to me, it appears simple to obey.
To stay safe and security outside your neighborhood or home is simple enough if you do not volunteer to be a target. The goal than is to stay out of the crosshairs of both criminals who wish to rob you, and angry people who would hurt you. This is done by not looking like a good person to be robbed, this is rather simple, yet somehow the self-esteem of tourist lies in conspicuous consumption and being a big spender.
To stay safe from deadly consequence, you need to understand what it means to "never talk about God or Politics." This means, you not only cannot talk about these subjects you do not have the right to tell other people how to live, it is common respect. It is the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." You may think a person is poor, weak, living in poverty, you may feel guilty with your overwhelming amount of wealth in comparison, however, you do not have the right to treat them different. Simple with politics or God, remember, "You are not God."
Safety and Security by Hotel Budget
0-10 US Dollars per Day
10-25 US Dollars per Day
25-100 -US Dollars per Day
100-150 US Dollars per Day
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200-300 US Dollars per Day
300-500 US Dollars per Day
Over 500 US Dollars per Day
Situational Awareness and attention to detail is needed, than if your instincts tell you their is danger, you obey and avoid the situation. Never assume you are more powerful or stronger, there is always a bigger threat, the savvy person never is involve, to be involve is failure.
Mythical Beliefs about Security - These are false, and truly the opposite
List of Situations where Precaution is Needed
Most to Least Travel Security Situations
Top 10 Dangerous Activities of Travel
Theft --- Most to Least Travel Secure
Losing Items, Most Likely to be Lost
Items Most Likely to Stolen
Danger of being Hurt by Accident
Danger of being Attacked by Humans
Most Likely way you will be Killed
Love Problems in Room
Natural Problems - Earthquakes, Floods, Typhoons and Hurricanes
These situations are handled the same in or out of your home country, there is a need though to stock up on food, and stay in your room more than normal You need to resist the temptation to try to save the world, you are truly having trouble saving yourself. If you wish to contribute, pay for labor, 5-10 dollars can pay the salary for a person for a day and help a family be fed, if you personally work you are robbing the wages from a local.
The chance of being involved in a terrorist situation is about the same as being stuck by lighting. There is truly only one piece of advice, do not stay in the most expensive hotels in Islamic Countries.
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Insurance Against Problems
Travel Blogs Post by Andy Graham
TIPS BY ANDY
Top 10 Ways to be Robbed when Traveling
050 Avoiding Danger - Remember you have choices.
067 Secret Pockets
077 Designated Travel Pants
076 Why I was robbed
075 Cooperatively Rob Oration
057 Look into their eyes.
014a How to put your own lock on your door.
021 What to do in a Military Coup?
029 What to do after you are robbed?
124 Dangerous Clothes
123 How Freedom Defined?
121 Illusions of Safety
120 Travel Instincts - Intuition - Insight
117 Backpack Camouflage.
Travel Crimes of Convenience
Danger - Travel Rape - Where you will get raped?
How to be Macho for safety reasons when traveling?
Big Dog Theory or Alpha Theory
PHOTOS HOTEL THEFT
PHOTOS OF POLICE - DANGER
CORPORATE SAFETY WHEN TRAVELING:
DANGER - Types of Danger for traveler or tourist
Ferry Capsize or Sink - Amazon River - Mekong - Philippines
Ran over by car - (I believe this is most dangerous situation for travelers.)
Kidnapped and killed
Raped and killed
City Crime Rankings by Morgan Quitno Corporation, this company publishes an annual reference book
travelbuddylock.com Anti Door Entry
Terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets, although this type of danger is probably the smallest worry for travelers, you are probably more likely to get hit by lightening, but if you a worried my recommendation is to not drive a rental car, live in 5 Star Hotels, or stay in one place more than three night, be irregular or unpredictable in your travel, and do not have a translator or guide. Be part of the local population and do not represent western values.
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