It's been a while since I've posted in my Travel Advice section and being on the road the last couple of months has reminded me that I need to get back into making these posts. So here we go with one of my favorite and most important tips that applies to anyone traveling overseas, not just photojournalists.
I always like to take a photo of my passport (picture and information page) as well as the fronts and backs of all of my credit cards that I will be traveling with. If I am traveling to a country that requires proof of vaccinations or other medical forms I also take shots of these.
I then take all of these photos, compress them into a zip file and email them to myself. If I get robbed or stuck somewhere all I have to do is find an internet cafe to print out the documents I will need to get into the embassy or into or out of an area I might be stuck in. I can also call my credit card companies and cancel all of my cards without having to call home and have my poor family try to track down all this information for me.
I was in a situation once when I was 19 years old and traveling abroad when I managed to get everything I had with me stolen except the clothes I was wearing. This included my passport, most of my money and my airplane ticket (these were the days when you actually needed to have a paper ticket.) I ended up having to spend a week in homeless shelters while the embassy tried to prove who I was and get me a new passport. It is a situation I would not want to repeat and hopefully sharing this advice will allow all of you to travel with a few less worries.