When you travel internationally, what do you do with your passport?

I travel quite a bit internationally and safety is always my top concern.  I love people, but I’m on my guard when I travel.  For the most part people are trustworthy, but it’s that one or two people that spoils it.

I was in the Charles de Gaulle, Paris France train station once and while giving a guy directions, his friend tried to rob my travel companion’s purse. Totally not cool. Luckily she spotted the guy and then they both ran away before we could do anything about it.


So usually, I tend to leave my passport at the place I’m staying when I travel.  Usually somewhere hidden in the room, in the in-room safe or with the front desk in their safe. The issue is that when the rooms are being cleaned, the door is wide open, so someone can enter the room when say the cleaning person is doing the bathroom.

On my last trip though, I just did not feel that my room was safe when I was not there and did not really trust the front desk space.  So I kept it with me at all times.  I was not really happy about it, but thought it was the best decision.  As it turns out all went well.

A funny story.  I was in the People’s Republic of China a few years back with a two other friends.  We were in a five star hotel so it was all swanky. One of my friends placed all our passports and some other valuables in the in-room safe. When we got back from our day’s adventure, one of us needed an item. Well, the combination did not work as he’d forgotten it. So we had to ask the hotel to break into our safe. A tad embarrassing to say the least.

So what do you do with your passport when you travel internationally? Do you:

  1. Keep it with you at all times?
  2. Keep it in the hotel in-room safe?
  3. Keep it in the hotel safe at the front desk?
  4. Something else?

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