So you are going out of the US on a surfing trip. Here are some things that you should know before you go. Always be attentive, do not carry your wallet in your back pocket at any time (master pickpockets are waiting for you). Take a photo copy of your passport while hiding the original safely. Be courteous and polite to the locals, (do not act arrogant), smile and say hello (Ola in Spanish). Be aware of your surrounding, thieves see all americans as money. Lodging should be done in a place with security, day and night (costs a little more but well worth it). Go in groups, never travel at night alone (possible muggars, rapists, thieves).