When planning a holiday, it is easy to get caught up in the fun of picking a location and all of the fun events. However, you should take a moment to think about being safe on your trip. Unfortunately, it is very easy for someone to steal a backpack or be pickpocketed. These incidents not only spoil the trip, but now you must deal with replacing the stolen item(s) and/or recoup any monies. Below are some tips on staying safe when traveling.
- Know before you go. Part of your trip research should include the areas surrounding your hotel and each event. You should also know where the local police station is as well as the embassy. You might want to stop into the police station to get information on local crime and the latest travel scams.
- Keep your itinerary safe. Before you go on your trip, you should email it to a family member at home. Also, do not discuss or mention your travel plans to any non-family members while on your trip. Or, post it on social media.
- Travel during the day. Unless you are on a flight, it is best to travel during the day. If you are renting a vehicle, you will be able to see the road clearly and it will be easier to read road signs.
- Keep your passport safe. Store your passport and other important documents in safe place, such as the hotel safe or on your person in a money belt. You should make copies of them to give to a family member too.
- Do not use cash. When traveling, it is best to use credit cards and/or travelers checks. They are accepted worldwide and you will have a record of what was purchased. It is best to use a money belt or keep your wallet in your front pocket. Also, let your bank know about your trip so they will not think a thief is using your credit card in another country.
- Be aware of your surroundings. You should always be aware of your surroundings. This means knowing where the exits are, how big the crowd is, and if there is anything suspicious. You should also be aware of how close a stranger is to you to protect your bag(s) and wallet. If possible, do not let anyone get right beside you or directly in back of you.
- Do not look like a tourist. Criminals can always spot a tourist. Always keep your head up and your eyes forward ─ walk with confidence. Do not talk to anyone you do not know. Keep your camera in its case (preferably in your backpack) and your cellphone in your front pocket. Also, do not walk with a map or guide book in your hand.