Top Tips for Staying Safe on Your Travels
The problem is that the world is not as safe as it once was. You could argue that it has never been safe, but with the rise in political unrest, terrorism, and various other forms of violent crime, there are more risks to deal with than we would like. Whilst travel is never going to be 100% risk free, there are many ways you can minimize your risks, stay safe, and get to see those amazing sights on your bucket list, without having to worry about a thing.
Stay in Touch and Update Folks Back Home on Your Plans
Make sure that someone knows your plans, i.e. if you’re backpacking that someone knows your general itinerary, and if your plans do change, let someone know.
Leave Paperwork Copies at Home
It’s a good idea to scan any important documents and store them in your email inbox or Cloud storage too.
Don’t Flash Your Valuables
Keep an Eye on the News
Dress to Blend in, Not to Impress
This isn’t just about dressing for safety, but also respecting customs and religions. By wearing clothes that people may consider to be revealing, you might also open yourself up to unwanted attention, especially if you are a female traveller.
Do Not Trust a Stranger
Learn a Few Words of the Language
Be Careful What and How Much You Drink
Stick to Group Tours in ‘at Risk’ Areas
The world might be a slightly more dangerous place these days, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring. Simply be mindful of your safety, and don’t take any risks you wouldn’t take at home.