Friday, February 10, 2017

The Cautious Traveller: How To Stay Safe While Travelling

Traveling is by far one of the best things that a person can do, it broadens the mind, gives you new experiences and offers you the chance to see things that you'd never otherwise experience. But it can also be a pretty daunting and scary experience. This is only increased when you're traveling alone. (Something everyone should do at least once!) There are a staggering number of grifts, cons, and scams that people attempt to use on unsuspecting tourists in order to separate them from their hard-earned cash. Don't let that discourage you of course, with this advice you'll be able to stay safe on your travels and avoid falling victim to any criminal, conman or shyster.

Learn to blend in

Thieves are attracted to tourists like magpies. The problem is that travelers often stand out very conspicuously. Whether it's the clothes you're wearing or the color of your skin, there are always going to be the things that signal that you're not a local. The best thing that you can do is to learn to blend in as much as possible. Try not to act too much like a tourist, learn a couple of simple phrases in the native language and talk to shopkeepers, waiters and taxi drivers. Not only will you be able to feel more secure and comfortable but if people can see that you're making an effort to be a part of their culture, they're far more likely to help you in the event that something happens to you.

Protect your stuff

It goes without saying that you shouldn't keep your most valuable possessions in the back pocket of a huge backpack when you're wandering around crowded streets. Make sure that you keep your phone, wallet, and passport as close to your body as possible, preferably in an inside pocket when you can always feel them. If you can, leave your bag wherever you're staying, not only will this reduce the chances of a thief deciding to go fishing but it also will stop you from standing out too much. If you're traveling with someone else, then it's a good idea to keep track of what you're both taking out and about with you. It also might be worth installing a cell phone tracker on each other's phone so that you can find it in the event that one of them goes missing.

Be responsible

One of the best things about traveling to another country is sampling the culture and nightlife. Doing this is a great way to get to know the locals, see a different side of wherever you're visiting, and let go of some of that traveler's anxiety. But make sure that you're responsible when you're out on the town. Don't drink too much and make sure to get back to your accommodation at a sensible hour. Don't draw too much attention to yourself by being loud and brash. Being drunk and obnoxious is a great way to signal to thieves that you're not going to be protecting your stuff particularly well.