Yes, I travel around the world in every 2 years, and I have my Rules, when I go to another country:
1) Do not carry your PRESS Card/ PRESS BADGE ( Although you are the Press Photographer), That is the Sign of spies , who try to dig the Bad press/ Bad News in that Country ( Police state)---You might lose your Vacation time in the local Jail.
2) In the Night time, Leave the Big cameras and Big Lens with the Vault of the Hotel Manager's Office or With your Wife, who do not want to go with you.---Just Carry and Shoot the Photos with $ 150 US Dollars Cheap Pocket , Point and Shoot Camera .---IF the Bad Guy want them, Just ask very Polite to get the Memory Card Back, And Give some money to the Bad Guy to buy the New Memory card---And that will very safe from getting hurt.
3), Before you leave the Hotel to shoot in the early morning or night time for Beautiful Sunset/ Sun rise---Talk to the Hotel Manager , to hire the out of Duty Local staff./ Local Security Guard to go with you---Yes, Still use Cheap Point and Shoot Camera----Because the Hired guards , might have the Bad Friends , who need your Big Cameras and Big Lens that he see in that morning----when you check in the Hotel.
4) Go every where in another country, with the group of friends, or the big group of tourists---NEVER GO ALONE with your Big Gears, Yes, You might be disappear from the earth that day.
5), You Might get the Second spare Camera in the Backpack-----In-case of the Police Watch you take the photos of Beautiful Police station, Airport, or the Beautiful Palace, And That police do not like you, He might ask to see your Photos in the Camera, AND HIS HANDS too shake---He might Drop your Camera by Accident, And He might say Sorry to you---Yes, The Big Lens is Damaged and Your Big Camera is Gone too---Yes, You still have another Camera in your Back pack= That still good news.
6) YES, Before you shoot any Place, Try to see the Guards, or Police around there, and Ask Permission to take the Photos---Although, You try to shoot the Beautiful Toilet Building, Yes, You might Shoot the Very Important People , who just use that Toilet, And That Might be 1-2 Night in the Jail time, If the guy see you take his Photo.
7) never use Your I-Phone or the Smart Phone take any Photos---Yes, These Phone are very High cost in another country, and every one want them---If Some one do not like you use that Phone take the Photos, They might Grab your I-Phone and Run-----Too bad, They/ He run faster than you.
Never Put your Backpack under the table , when you in the restaurant, and try to go to the bath room, Yes, When you come back = Your bag is gone.
9) I love my KATA 3 in 1-30 Backpack--That I can modify the Belt and use as Front sling Bag, Keep my backpack on my front part of the Belly all the time, Day or night----OR I Wrap around my backpack with the Stainless steel Net Protection, From The Razor Blade or Box cutter from the Bad people.
10) Never drink any water from the glass---Just buy the Bottle water and keep with you all the time.
Enjoy my 2 cents Tricks that I use past 30 years, and just all the Good thing happens to me on all trip around the world.
Surapon Sujjavanich, AIA, CPS Gold Member
Apex, NC., USA.