Travel Tip: Always keep your contact information in wallet and luggage.

Apart from all the good things about travel, theft remains the biggest risk. Not just theft but also losing the valuable stuff and luggage is equally troublesome. In some cases, your stuff may fall into the hands of someone with honest intentions, so this travel tip would be useful throughout all the journeys.

Yesterday evening I got an abandoned wallet at New Delhi metro station. By seeing the content and condition of it, I understood that someone stole this wallet, took the money and threw it in the corner.

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There wasn’t any money. However, it contained some important documents including government ids and vehicle RC. Unfortunately, there was no contact information.

After checking all documents in the wallet, I found an acknowledgement receipt of the bank. Owner’s account number and the name were mentioned in it. I somehow contacted the customer care helpline of the bank and informed them about the wallet.

As they were not authorized to provide the account holder’s information, I gave them my contact details and they further contacted the owner and shared him my phone number.

Finally, after one hour, I got a call from the owner of the wallet. First thing I told him was to keep his contact number in wallet always. Had it been easily available, he could have got his wallet without so much hassle.

Incidents like pickpocketing can happen with anyone anytime. So it is better to keep contact details handy. Even if there is a 1% chance of getting back our valuables, we should not ignore it.

So, note down the travel tip: “Always keep your contact information in wallet and luggage.

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