1. Spending money to travel safely
Arriving in a new country after at night? You can try to travel on a budget, but nothing is more valuable than your travel security. Spend money on a taxi or stay at an airport hotel to travel safely.
Travel safety tip: traveling to a country known for being a little peril? It is worth spending money to join an organized tourist group. Not only do they plan everything for you, but it is also much safer, and the guides have valuable knowledge at home.
2. Travel safely with your money
Keep your money close to you-this is the number one tip when it comes to travel safety. An easy way to protect your money from pickpockets is to carry a waist bag or purse.
If you are carrying a backpack, try to carry it on your chest in crowded places. It may sound crazy, but it’s hard to feel someone in your bag in crowded markets or the subway. (See Pacsafe Anti-theft bags)
Whatever you choose to carry your money with you, make sure you never carry too much. In addition, store money in a secret place in matter your wallet is stolen. (like having a second wallet)
3. Dress smartly for your travel safety
Think of the classic tourist, someone who walks around with his head in a map or a phone and a camera around his neck. Standing out like this can make you a target for thieves and scams. However, there are some tips to help you travel safely:
Know in advance where you are going so you don’t have to grab your card. The same applies to travel between your transport and your destination. If you get off the train and you do not know where you are going, it will be immediately clear.
Walk with confidence. It makes you look like a local or at least someone who knows the area.
Dress appropriately. Some countries are more religious or conservative. In these places, you do not want to offend yourself by dressing completely differently from everyone around you. Dress more conservatively, so as not to draw attention to yourself, and as a sign of respect.
Do not wear jewelry. Wearing expensive jewelry is a sure way to attract thieves and show that you have money. Do not forget to leave expensive or sentimental jewelry at home before traveling.
Safety tip: Alert your bank or phone carrier if your phone or credit cards are stolen to avoid receiving a huge bill.
4. Take Out Travel Insurance
One of the most important parts of Travel safe is getting travel insurance! This will protect you from any unforeseen costs, be it a hospital visit, stolen personal belongings or a missed flight. It is very unlikely that you will have to use it, but it is an important part of travel safety. During our 5 years of travel, we had to use it several times for hospital visits and it is worth noting that thanks to your travel insurance you can go to an international hospital instead of the local hospital where the care is often much better.
5. Be Careful Where You Eat.
In countries where water is not treated and sanitation is not high, it is possible to get sick because of water or food. It is not very pleasant and it can usually make you miss your travel plans for a few days. However, trying local food can be one of the best parts of the trip, so be careful, but don’t completely avoid eating local food!
6. Travel safely by searching for local scams
Unfortunately, each place has its own scam. It can be anything from a taxi driver overcharging you to someone asking for money after giving you instructions. Wherever you go, do your research on local scams ahead of time. In addition, when you arrive at your accommodation, ask the staff to give you some advice.
7. Know the areas to avoid for your travel safety
One of the most fun parts of planning a trip is doing some research! While you’re doing that, look at your government travel advice, and they’ll tell you what to look out for. For example, malaria warnings, natural disasters or safety tips for certain cities or regions. Your Local Government’s page will also be updated regularly in matter of changes.
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Browse the Facebook pages and traveler forums to find information about the area you are visiting. Fellow travelers have invaluable insight into the things to look out for. In addition, ask the staff of your accommodation which neighborhoods to avoid.
8. Beware of ATMs
ATMs are a prime target for thieves. Always examine the ATM, try to move parts of the card reader to see if it has been tampered with and finally check that no one is looking at you. If you feel uncomfortable, go to the next ATM.
Due to ATM fees, it is often tempting to withdraw money in large quantities. However, avoid doing this by withdrawing small amounts and using a travel payment card that increases the fees. That way, if it is stolen, it will not be so bad.
9. Never Leave Your Items Unattended
Whether it’s the hold of an airplane, a train or a bus, keep your valuables close to you at all times. Pack all your valuables in a small bag so that you can put them between your legs. A little tip: you can use it as a pillow on long trips. Win-win!
Lock your bags for the best travel security
Padlocking your bags is also a great deterrent for thieves. However, make sure that the material cannot be cut or easily torn. There are many backpacks on the market made of anti-theft material like these Pacsafe bags!
10. Know Emergency Information
An emergency situation always comes at the worst time. Therefore, it is always a good idea to write down the details of your insurance and the local emergency number. It is good to know that in each country there is a different emergency phone number.
Do not forget to write it both on your phone and on a piece of paper inserted into a plastic lid to protect it from moisture. That way, if you lose your phone, you always have quick access to them.
11. Share your Route With your Family and Friends
An easy way to travel safely is to keep your family or friends informed about your itinerary. This is especially important if you are going somewhere without wifi or phone signal so that they don’t worry.
An additional option would be to activate your “Find my Phone” function. This way they can track where you are, or you can find your phone when it is lost or stolen.
12. Don’t Just Tell Others Where You’re Staying
One of the most fun parts of traveling is meeting new people. It’s always a good idea to be friendly, but don’t share the place you’re staying at until you know you can trust someone. It may be inconvenient if someone asks you directly, but this is for your own travel safety!
The same applies to booking taxis. A well-known scam is when a taxi picks you up from your accommodation and returns after to steal your belongings. Instead, tell the taxi to pick you up at a busy, well-lit place near where you are staying. In addition, if you have pre-booked a taxi, wait for them to clarify your name so that you know that it is indeed your taxi and not a scam. In addition, using a taxi app like Uber or Grab, you will see trustworthy reviews from the driver.
13. Avoid Unnecessary Perils
It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of travel, adopting an adventurous attitude that can lead you to take unnecessary risks. For example, leaving the path to get to a secret place or riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Personally, we take risks to be photographed at a cliff, but we are always careful and wouldn’t do it if it was too sketchy.
14. Travel Safety: Being able to save yourself and others
Before you leave, consider taking a first aid course or a language course to teach you how to ask for help. Especially for women traveling alone, a self-defense course can be invaluable. Hopefully, you will never have to use what you have learned, but it can give you the confidence to travel solo and safely.
15. Travel safely in a group
Traveling solo is wonderful; however, traveling in a group means that you have extra pairs of eyes and ears to stay safe during your trip. Whether you’re meeting people at your hostel or traveling via an organized tour, it’s a great way to make friends and take care of each other.
However, even if you are traveling solo, travel safety always comes down to trusting your instincts, relaxing and enjoying the trip. Just remember that what seems peril is normally peril.