Traveling, no matter how far or where you go, is one of the best things to do for self-discovery, it’s one of the most fun things to do and will provide you with some experiences you will never forget. However, you need to take care of yourself while traveling, and just by practicing a little bit of caution can keep you from learning a lot of undesired lessons while your traveling.
Be Careful What You Take
Do not flash your valuables in public. Forget those heavy diamond rings and gold necklaces and get some cheap jewelry for the trip! That expensive DSLR camera around your neck might also make you a target, so make sure you keep it safe in the backpack and only bring it out when you find something capture worthy.
Try not to stand out in how you dress and avoid wearing things that scream ‘Tourists.’ Dress modestly and try mixing in with the locals.
Learn the basics
Make friends with the local people. Not only is it an essential part of experiencing a new culture, but your local contacts and their suggestions can help you steer clear off dangers and give you the best recommendations on places to go.
Travel light on public transport
Gather your essentials in one backpack as it can get hard to keep track of all your belongings on overcrowded transport.
Keep your passport safe
Tape your passport and cards on to your torso if you feel the need, there couldn’t be any safer place for them!
Be in the know
Find out all you can about the safe places and unsafe nooks and corners of the area you’re traveling in because as the age old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure! Talk to the staff on the reception of your hotels/hostels, download all the local info and recommended places to visit and you’ll be well on your way!
Beware of Scams
Don’t fall into any tourist-traps and beware of the various types of scams all around the world targeted explicitly at tourists. Make sure you are aware of them so you can fend them off.
Keep an eye on your stuff!
Expensive anti-theft travel equipment is not always a possibility for people who are traveling on a budget. Just make sure you keep your eyes peeled and never get distracted, especially when in transit.
Stay in a group
Keep your drinks safe
It’s easy to relax while you’re away and forget the basics, but never accept drinks from strangers in a nightclub, this is a big no-no in the travel safety rule book. Order your own drink and watch it being made before you and avoid anything being slipped into it.
Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
Keep your embassy numbers and any other important numbers on your person, always!
Gather your info on ground transport
The local people are the best to learn from about the best and safest mode of ground transports for travelers. If you’re hiring a car, take more care as you won’t be familiar with the roads, and The Derrick Law Firm points out that while the tourism and population increases, road systems may not have grown to accommodate the massive influx of drivers on the road making them a recipe for serious car accidents.
Stay in touch
Trust your instincts
When you’re out there by yourself or even with a group, it is better to pay heed to that feeling in the back of your mind about a person or a place, rather than ignoring it altogether.