WASHINGTON — The State Department, drawing on the experience of U.S. diplomats and counterterrorism experts around the world, has published a new book with advice on how to avoid being a target of terrorists, pickpockets or muggers--keep a low profile, be alert and keep travel plans to yourself.
The book, "A Safe Trip Abroad," says that while "it is impossible to protect oneself absolutely," common sense will reduce exposure to danger.
Among the hints:
--Men should keep their wallets in inside pockets and women should keep purses closed.
--Avoid travel to unsafe areas, although the chances of becoming a victim of terrorists in those areas are slight for a private tourist.
--Schedule direct flights if possible and spend little time at airports.
--Avoid advertising U.S. nationality by flashy dress, behavior or luggage tags. Avoid going to places where Americans are known to congregate. Don't insist on an American car when you rent a vehicle.