It’s true that anyone can travel. But before you head off to explore the world, lets make sure you stay safe doing it.
Your common sense is your biggest ally when traveling. For starters, that means don’t travel alone at night, avoid making a scene in public, and keep your belongings close to you. You never know who might be out there, and it’s better to be cautious. Before you travel, make sure you read up on how to stay safe. If you’re aware of the potential problems, you’re less likely to be victim to them. Hotelscheap.org has a great list of 25 Common Sense Travel Tips that’s worth reading.
There are a few key preventative measures that every future traveler should be aware of.
Be careful of pickpockets. Get your wallet down to the essentials and dress down when you’re in areas with lots of tourists. Avoid wearing jewelry or expensive items in plain sight, because that will draw more potentially dangerous attention to yourself. If you have a bag, make sure it zips closed and hold it close to you at all times. For more tips on avoiding pickpockets, read Lessons from the Louvre on USA Today’s website.
If you are confronted, don’t fight back. It’s safer to just give up your valuables; you can always replace what gets taken. Your life is more important than saving your phone, trust me. Read Five Things To Do If You Are Robbed by the Riverfront Times for more information on the subject.
Try not to use short cuts when you’re traveling. If it’s the first time you’ve visited the city, state, or country, it’s probably a bad idea. It is easy to get lost when you’re in unfamiliar territory, so take extra care when you’re out exploring.
Make an effort to seem purposeful when you move about. If you look lost, pretend you know where you’re going anyways. In case you actually do get lost, make sure you know how to use a pay phone and always have the proper change on hand. It’s also a good idea to have a list of emergency phone numbers you may need, such as the police, your hotel, and (if you’re abroad) the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
It’s also important to be cautious in your hotel or hostel, wherever it is that you’re staying. When you’re in your room, keep the door locked at all times. Don’t leave any money or valuables sitting around in your room when you’re out. If your hotel has a safe, use it. Know the nearest exits in case of an emergency. Generally speaking, be aware of your surroundings.
For a wealth of helpful information on traveling, such as what to take on a trip (and what to leave behind) or what to learn before you leave, check out the U.S. Department of State’s article “A Safe Trip Abroad.” The website also has plenty of tips on how to keep yourself safe.
You don’t need to be paranoid when you’re traveling, but it’s important to take simple steps to ensure you have a safer trip. Traveling is a rewarding and exciting experience, and being aware can help make sure you have the best experience possible.