With the introduction of hotels that are friendly to the budget, discounted airline fare and affordable travel services, travelling to other countries is now easily accessible by many people. Regardless of age, social status, financial standing, and cultural quirks, individuals now have a chance to visit other places, discover the world, engage in business deals, and interact with other people all across the world.
But just like all things, travelling has its drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is that the influx of tourists in a region also attracts people who have more insidious intents. Tourists are usually unfamiliar with their surroundings and carry extra money and valuables. Therefore, unwary tourists who do not take precautions are usually the targets of these criminals because the former stand out in the crowd.
However, such a dire premise should not deter you from exploring the world. You can definitely by following a few simple precautions.
General Travel Safety Tips
- Do not reveal your travel plans, itineraries, and accommodation details to strangers. You can only show and discuss them to your loved ones, relatives, or close friends that you can trust.
- Avoid walking alone at the seedier parts of the city, especially during dark. If you really need to check out these areas, then have yourself accompanied by a burly companion or a trusted local.
- Know the location and contact details of your country’s embassy. You may need to get in touch with the embassy if you run into trouble.
- As a general rule, be in places where there are lots of people. Locations that teem with women and children imply that the area is quite safe for families.
- Withdraw money from ATMs during the day rather than at night.
Safety inside Transportation
- At the airport, be on the lookout for your suitcase as it appears in the carousel. Grab it as soon as it appears or reaches you. People with fast hands and malicious intent might get your suitcase in the later passes.
- When riding public transportation, keep your valuables, jewellery, gadgets, and wallet hidden out of sight. Flashing these items around is sure to attract thieves.
- Never share a taxi with a stranger even if they look pleasant.
- If you’re renting a car, always remember to lock your doors at all times. Upon leaving the car, don’t leave valuable items in sight.
Safety in Hotels
- Be familiar of the emergency exits, fire escapes, stairwells, and emergency plans of your hotel.
- Never leave your hotel room unlocked, especially when you retire at night and when you leave your room. When someone knocks at your door, always verify your visitor first by peeping through the door view.
- If you are going to meet people you’ve never met before such as pen pals or business associates, have them wait in the lobby. Do not let them come up to your room.
- If possible, choose a hotel that is near a secure location. Hotels near business establishment, the police station, or emergency service agencies are good choices.
Don’t be a Standout
- Do not act as if you’re lost and confused. Walk as if you have a purpose.
- Do match your attire to that worn by locals. You would look like an obvious tourist (and a target) if you wear a flowery shirt with a camera around your neck.
- Do not check a map out in the open. Be discreet.
Have a safe trip by putting all these tips in mind.