While there is a certain charm, an appeal of traveling with naivety in an unknown place, it is better to be safe than sorry. Although traveling around the world is safe for most parts, there are always probabilities of unprecedented events that might occur. That being said, there are some safety precautions every traveler should employ to make a memorable trip. Here are 5 tips for staying safe while traveling.
Research about your destination
While in Rome, do as the Romans. It is a no-brainer but doing some research and being informed about your travel destination will make your journey a smooth one. With everything being a touch away on world wide web, you can easily learn about the socio-economic, cultural, and even political background of the country, so that you don’t call unwanted travels on your way and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Be wary of scams
Whether you’re traveling in a sophisticated European city or through cobbled and narrow streets of third-world countries, there will always be scammers and pick-pocketers prying on naïve tourists. Always keep an eye out and your smart-hat on to make sure that you do not fall into their sly tricks to make a fool out of you.
Get in touch with the locals
Locals know their city the best – interacting with the locals is a great way to get to know your city. They are familiar with every nook and cranny that most of the time house the real gems of the place. Interacting with the locals is a surefire way to enrich your experience as they know more than your travel agency or guide ever will.
Watch your drinking
This is a very obvious one, but a tip that doesn’t get said enough. It is fully applicable whether you’re lounging at your hotel room or enjoying with friends at a pub. When you consume alcohol, it dulls your senses and slows your reaction time, which in turn will make vulnerable at an unknown place.
Keep a copy of your passport and travel documents
Losing your passport will land you in hot waters, therefore you should only carry it around if you really need it (to cross borders/ transfer mode). Most of the times, you will only need to have a copy of your passport and travel documents.
Keep your bling at home
I know it is tempting to wear your favorite jewelry during your trip or take photographs with that high-end camera, but in interest of your safety, don’t. That way, you are announcing to probable thieves that you are worthy of mugging. Keep it simple and minimum depending on the place you are visiting and keep your camera safe in case you are not using it.
Don’t trust easily
Talking and interacting with strangers is an inevitable part of your journey. In fact, it is one of the best part of your journey. However, don’t get carried away and start to trust strangers with your personal information or life story. If your instinct tells you to not trust someone, not accept food or drinks from them, trust your instinct.