Travelling can be a life-changing experience, although that’s not always a positive thing. Being away from home and doing new things can seem dangerous if you’re unsure how to keep yourself safe. Often, when we are caught up in a new environment, we are less cautious than usual and this can lead to issues. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t do things that spike your adrenaline, just that you should be safe as you do so! Here are seven crucial ways to stay safe on your travels.
Don’t be flashy
Tourists and travellers are prime targets to thieves, however there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. For example, show that you are paying attention to your surroundings by acknowledging people and looking around. Flashing your expensive electronics or wads of cash is never a good idea, so try to keep things on the downlow. A decoy wallet is a good idea in case you are targeted, so you have something to hand to them.
Trust your instincts
If something feels wrong, it probably is. Sometimes you have to trust your gut instinct, and if something seems amiss, that’s a situation you should probably try to get out of. If an offer seems too good to be true, it may be, so do your research!
Be careful what you eat
Food is a pretty big part of travelling, in fact, 60% of travellers say they gain at least two kilos on holiday. However, it can be a risk to eat certain things when in an unfamiliar country. You will want to avoid drinking tap water in certain places, but this also includes ice cubes in drinks and things such as salads that will have been washed in tap water. Be wary when eating street food to ensure that the stand is clean and that all meat is cooked thoroughly.
Always take a registered cab
Do not get into an unmarked car, no matter how friendly the driver may seem. A registered taxi should have driver information clearly displayed, and the best way to book these is to call or ask at your hotel. Sometimes this method is a little pricier but in the long run it is better, as it is likely to be a lot safer!
Stay in control
As much fun as getting drunk can be, it doesn’t always lead to the best decisions! Try not to drink too much, as you make yourself an easy target for criminals. Where possible stay in a group on a night out as you are safer with others, especially as it gets darker.
Keep some emergency details on you
If you have a medical condition or allergies, you should keep this information on you, just in case. Make sure it is translated into the language of the country you are visiting, so that it can be ready by any emergency services. Other useful information, such as your emergency contact, is vital too.
Don’t be careless
It can be easy to get complacent, especially if you are a regular traveller or you are having a fantastic time on your adventures. However, it really is so important to be aware of what’s going on around you. Crime and accidents can happen anywhere and being too fearful may ruin your trip, but a healthy respect and awareness can keep you safe.
Travelling is a lot more fun when you are safe, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to follow these tips to keep you that way! Let us know in the comments if you have any other ways to keeping safe on your travels.