8 Safety Travel Tips You Should Know
1. Learn Common Travel Scams.
Regardless of where you go in the world, you’ll always find people ready to scam you out of your hard-earned cash. Most scammers are obvious and easy to spot– but there are lots of craftier, professional con-artists out there too.
Never think you’re too smart to be scammed.
Here are some of the most common travel scams you might come across. I suggest you learn them all – open up Google and research even more into the worst scams happening around the world.
2. Have an Emergency contact written down.
Things happen, you might find yourself in trouble and not having time to search for local police or ambulance services, or directions to your countries nearest embassy.
Make sure to have all emergency information in advance, you can also create an “Emergency Plan” just in case things go badly. You can save it on your phone somewhere.
I also recommend you write down the same information on a small card or sheet of paper and have it laminated to protect it from moisture and keep it in your wallet/purse.
This will prepare you to call the relevant contacts in case things go bad
3: Lock Up Your Valuables
Traveling with expensive stuff is usually a bad idea, there are things that you cannot afford to lose.
Your job is to minimize the easy opportunities for theft.
Most travel backpacks aren’t very secure. You might feel that a zipped or even a locked bag is a sufficient deterrent to any thief. But this is not always the case.
Apart from a slash-proof backpack, most normal backpacks material can be cut or torn easily. Many zippers can also be forced open.
Always be aware of your valuables, and try to keep an eye on them in such a way that it would be impossible for someone to steal without you knowing. For example, you can use your backpack as a pillow while on a train or bus. It is also advisable to invest in an anti-theft padlock.
Secondly, you should call your hotel in advance to inquire about secure storage options like a safe room, lockers, etc. If you are going to stay at a hostel, then carry your own padlock.
4. Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is something that most people assume that they may not use or need. Everyone should carry some kind of health and property insurance when traveling regardless of whether you think you might need it or not. You cannot be careful enough.
5. Ask Advice from Locals
If you really want to know which neighborhoods are safe and which might be sketchy, ask a local resident of the area.
Most locals are friendly and will warn you about straying into dangerous areas. On the other hand, if a stranger offers up advice, it’s also wise to get a second opinion – just in case they don’t really know what they’re talking about but simply wanted to help (or worse, are trying to scam you).
Taxi drivers are not always reliable and might actually lead you into trouble.
Your hostel or hotel front desk workers are pretty good sources for local advice.
Make sure to ask them which parts of the city to avoid, how much taxi fares should cost, and where to find a great place to eat!
6. Email Your Itinerary To Family & Friends
Never travel without letting your close contacts knowing where you are.
Make it a practice of emailing the full itinerary to a few family members (and always double-check with them that they received it – don’t just assume they got or received, make sure it did). Check-in from time to time.
That way, if they don’t hear from you for a few days after they can help notify the proper local authorities like the embassy, etc.
7. Don’t Share Too Much With Strangers
Never share all your movements with people especially on social media. Letting people know all your moves can easily make you a target.
Sharing too many details about your travel plans or accommodation details with people you’ve just met can easily be a recipe for disaster.
For instance, if someone asks, rather than be rude, you can be vague about an area of town rather than the name of your hotel. Or lie and name a hotel you’re not actually staying at.
Sometimes people will ask if it’s your first time visiting their country or city. If you don’t trust them yet, you can pretend it isn’t your first trip. Because sharing that you’re new might also signal you’re a good target for scams.
8. Do Not Wear Flashy Clothing
When it comes to travel, the wrong clothes scream “TOURIST” and make you a target for scammers, thieves, and worse. The less obviously a visitor you look, the less attention you’ll get from the wrong kind of people. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. Wearing expensive, flashy jewelry is one sure way to make yourself an obvious target for robbery. Leave it in your hotel room, especially if you plan to travel to crowded areas!
I hope you enjoyed this guide on travel safety tips! Hopefully, you found it useful. Stay safe and enjoy your travel.
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