If you found out that you do not have your wallet, bag, phone or anything else anymore. I’m so sorry, but you just been robbed. That happens. Unfortunately, I am almost an expert in this field, it happens for me three times. I am not proud of this number, but I feel now that I learn my lesson. Also, read my blog post about how to stay safe while traveling.
What to do if you have been robbed while traveling
First of all, stressing and being sad would not help. Look at it as part of travel experience and do not ruin your trip just because of this. After a few years that would be only memories and you will earn everything you have lost.
Before your trip
Be prepared that those things can happen during your travel.
- Take photos of all of your documents and add it somewhere to the cloud, for example, Google Drive or Dropbox that it would be accessible from any device.
- Connect your cell phone to Google Photos and Google Contacts. If you lose or break your phone you could still have all your info and memories from your phone.
- Have at least two bank cards and never keep them in the same spot. Have like an extra bank card if your main card would be stolen. In my case on the second hour of my yearly trip to Asia, I lost my emergency card and on the 5th month of my trip, my other card was stolen.
- Check where is your country Embassy in that country where you are traveling. If you are from a small country as I am and the country you are visiting does not have your country’s Embassy then you can go to any European Embassy (if you are from Europe).
The first step would be to block everything you are missing, call your bank or connect online to your bank and freeze your cards. Block your phone, block your driving license and so on. Make sure that the robber will not be able to use it.
When you should go to the police?
This is my personal experience, but if your document like ID card, passport and expensive things like camera gear are stolen go to the police. But if it’s just some cash, bank cards, the phone I would recommend not to ruin your trip. Personally I went to the police when I was robbed in Barcelona, Spain and it was such a waste of time. I went to one police station, but they said that it’s the Catalonian station and I need a Spanish police station, then I went there and it was not open yet. When it was open the police officer told me that the interpreter is not here yet so I had to wait more. Then finally I filled everything and I could go. It didn’t really help me and I spent half of the day at the police station. Not worth it for you personally, but when you go to the police you inform that in that area there are some thieves. So it is your choice what to do.
What to do if your bank cards are stolen?
If you already blocked all your cards and you can’t take cash from the ATM then there is still a solution – Western Union. It actually saved me, I was without any cards for three months and I was using only Western Union. The usage is simple. Firstly, you need to download an app and then through that send yourself money from your bank account. Secondly, you will get a code to your email. After a minute you can go to the Western Union office and take your cash. Just don’t forget your code and your ID.
What to do if your documents are stolen?
Well, in this case, you will have to visit your country’s Embassy and they will help with this issue. As I mentioned before if you are from Europe and that country doesn’t have your country Embassy then you can visit any European Embassy.
I hope this info was useful to you. If you have anything to add then share at the comment section