Top Travel Safety Tips
We often hear plenty of scare stories. Certainly lately there has been some scare stories that maybe be enough to put people off going on an overseas adventure. But by following some simple common sense you could infect have a good time and be safe at all times.
Being able to travel safely involved some simple rules that you must follow. Of course before you go you must do your research just to ensure that you are not going to living in a rough neighborhood. Of course your country will provide consular assistance when things do go wrong, but with some simple rules it may never need to come to that.
Keep your travel plans to yourself. That unless you really do trust a person. When you do travel try to avoid travel at night unless aabsolutely necessary. It can be a temptation certainly when backpacking to be able to get a night bus to save on accommodation costs. But not wise unless you really do know the area and/or are an experienced traveller. It would also be advisable to keep details of your embassy, or another country's embassy that might be able to provide assistance (i.e. UK, US embassy or perhaps an EU country).
This one cannot be stressed enough, but do avoid hitchhiking unless you really know what you are doing. The chances even then you probably don't know what you are doing. We have all heard of those stories of backpackers going missed, don't be another statistic. Unscrupulous people are always looking for ??rich' foreign tourists.
Other tips include:
- Make a copy of your passport/ driver license and other documents
- Avoid the rough neighborhoods
- Use ATMs in broad daylight
- Avoid riots, fights and other civil disturbances
- Try to avoid carrying too much cash, use credit/debit cards and electronic payments
- If you get mugged don't fight back you never know what they are carrying