Awesome Tips Traveler's Toolbox
Whether traveling alone or in a group, there are often safety precautions when visiting different countries. The more I travel, the less I remember to check ahead of time and research what to expect upon arrival. Even so, I always use these 5 helpful tips no matter where in the world I am to ensure maximum safety.
1. Avoid eye contact
Some people often mistake this as being rude, and they are right. There are certain situations where you should avoid eye contact and other situations where it is practical to be polite and look people in the eyes. Use your judgement on this one, not all situations may appear dangerous, but when it comes to people you don’t know or people walking passed you on the streets, simply keep your head down and mind the people around you.
2. Wear appropriate clothing
There is nothing worse than hearing people say “they asked for that.” Everyone has their own fashion sense but it is important to always keep in mind that some countries have dress codes. Other countries don’t have dress codes but have very overly-friendly men and women who will hawk at you if you aren’t fully clothed. The safest thing to do is avoid wearing short shorts and skirts as well as low cut tops. Check ahead of time to see the rules and common practices of the country you’re planning to visit.
3. Avoid dark alleyways and paths
This should go without saying, even at home it is usually common that you take the well-lit path home. When traveling, some may want to discover the land less explored, but use your judgement, if it doesn’t look safe, don’t go there.
4. Never travel alone in the dark
If you’re traveling solo, find a buddy to go out with at night or simply avoid traveling in the dark at all costs. With groups, ensure you stick together and keep an eye on one another no matter where you are. Keep your belongings safe and take precaution when walking in the dark.
5. Always have a means of communication with someone who can help you
The same rule applies when traveling solo or in a group. You should always have a means of communication with someone who can help you outside of the group you are traveling with. If you don’t have a cell phone handy or access to the internet, make sure you are carrying enough change for a pay phone or pre-purchase a calling card that you can use at any local pay phone.
Traveling is one of the most incredible life experiences anyone can ask for. Though many trips are all enjoyable and exciting, it is also possible to step foot into danger and you should be prepared for anything to happen. Stay safe, enjoy your trip and have fun!