<p> Taking a vacation this summer?</p> <p> If so, you&#39;ve most likely made your plane and hotel reservations, planned your itinerary and spent a ton of money on new clothes.</p> <p> But have you given any thought to how to protect your money while you&#39;re on vacation?</p> <p> If not, you should. Like it or not, travelers make perfect targets for pickpockets, identity thieves and all sorts of other scammers trying to separate you from your hard-earned cash.</p> <p> To get you started, here are seven tips to help you protect your finances from the bad guys.</p> <p> [<a href="">7 Tips to Keep Your Data Safe on the Road</a>]</p>

Do leave home without them

<p> Before you leave for vacation, take the following items out of your wallet: all but one credit card, any debit card and anything that bears your Social Security number.</p> <p> &quot;The idea is, while you&#39;re on vacation, you only have one card to worry about and one card to report,&quot; said Jay Foley, senior partner at ID Theft Info Source in San Diego.</p> <p> This way, if your wallet is stolen or lost, you won&#39;t have to deal with trying to figure out the numbers to call to cancel a bunch of different cards.</p> <p> [<a href="">5 Steps to Better Credit-Card Security</a>]</p>

Photocopy the backs of credit/debit cards

<p> In the event you don&#39;t pay attention to the first tip, at least you won&#39;t have to waste time hunting up the appropriate telephone numbers to call to report your card(s) lost or stolen.</p> <p> &quot;Keep them somewhere you can get access to them easily in an emergency,&quot; Foley said.</p> <p> [<a href="">13 Tips to Keep Your Devices Safe While Traveling</a>]</p>

Figure out how much money you&#39;ll need

<p> Plan your trip out, know where you&#39;re going and know exactly how you&#39;ll pay for what you need.</p> <p> &quot;That way, you won&#39;t have to take out large chunks of cash to carry with you,&quot; Foley said. &quot;Unfortunately, the bad guys still like to do pick-pocketing, and they are not afraid to rob you.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Get Through Airport Security Faster</a>]</p>

Don&#39;t broadcast your vacation plans

<p> Social media is great for keeping in touch with friends and family, but it&#39;s also great for thieves looking for homes to burglarize.</p> <p> While you&#39;re on the beach sipping a pi&ntilde;a colada, a criminal could be back at your house helping himself to all your valuables.</p> <p> &quot;Don&#39;t post pictures of your vacation on social media sites, either, for the same reason,&quot; Foley said. &quot;Save them until you get home, and then post them.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">Social Media Status Updates Tip Off Burglars, Study Shows</a>]</p>

Step away from the hotel computers and network

<p> &quot;Do not use the computer in the hotel&#39;s business center to look up your bank account, check your email or do any shopping of any kind,&quot; Foley said. &quot;If you carry a laptop on vacation and you&#39;re sure you can make it private enough, like [by] using a VPN connection, then maybe you can consider doing those things.</p> <p> &quot;Otherwise, no deal. You don&#39;t want to do those things from the hotel, because that network is wide open.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">7 Hotel Safety and Security Tips</a>]</p>

Give your credit-card issuer your itinerary

<p> If your credit-card issuer sees purchases being made in places you don&#39;t normally frequent, such as Naples, Paris or Rome, it might freeze your card to stop possible fraudulent activity.</p> <p> So let the card issuer know where you&#39;ll be traveling, and when you&#39;ll be coming home, Foley said.</p> <p> [<a href="">On the Road: 7 Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone</a>]</p>

Watch out for ATMs that have been tampered with

<p> All ATMs, even those attached to your own bank, are suspect. If you have to use an ATM while traveling, Foley said, stick your finger in the card-reader slot and wiggle it around.</p> <p> If any portion of the card reader wiggles with your finger, don&#39;t insert your card. It&#39;s a sign that someone has attached a skimmer to the ATM, which will capture all the information that&#39;s stored on your card&#39;s magnetic strip.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Pull Off a $45 Million Global ATM Heist</a>]</p>

7 Tips to Protect Your Money While on Vacation