Safe travel lets you have more fun when you’re on the road. Whether you’re solo or in a group, it’s smart to take the cautious steps necessary when traveling abroad, from staying in touch through an international phone call to safeguarding your money. Planning ahead and being vigilant will help you ensure a safe and un-stressful (or at least less stressful) journey.
With these helpful tips on how to keep you safe, you can rest assured that you will not end up on the wrong side of town or having your valuables fall into the wrong hands.
Keep in Touch
Always stay in touch with your family and friends at home and let them know where you will be heading next – it only requires a few words and by making a quick international call or timely email you can put their mind at ease. These days international calling is easy and rates are surprisingly affordable if you know where to find a deal. Simply putting a long distance phone card in your wallet can save you the hassle of trying to look one up while overseas, which can come in handy in emergencies. If possible, give them as much information so they’ll be aware of your status should you need help.
You have Google maps, GPS, or Lonely Planet guidebook so make use of those and study the place you are headed. This kind of planning before hand will maximize your enjoyment once you’re on vacation, but you can always make amendments as you go. Remember though – try not to flaunt those gadgets in public places.
Avoid Late Night Arrivals
Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but you can cut down a lot of headaches if you arrive when the sun is up. If you arrive in a destination late at night, maybe opt to stay at nearby accommodation or even remain in the airport or train station until daybreak rather than trying head into the city centre and risk being a target for thieves.
Be Money Smart
Carry your debit or credit cards instead of large amounts of cash. Roads are not a good place for your fancy purse full of cash so opt for a fanny pack and keep it close to your body at all times. No, it’s not the most fashionable thing out there, but it’s better than being a target with an easy to snatch bag!
Take copies of your passport and other travel documents and keep a set of them in your luggage and backpacks in case your luggage is stolen. It’s not the same as the original in many cases, but it’s better than nothing should the need arise.
The Buddy System
Travel with a buddy as much as possible, which could mean go with your business partners, friends or your significant other. Solo travelers are easy targets for criminals who may work in groups as well and it never hurts to have an extra set of eyes.