Traveling is an excellent way to meet new people, experience new cultures and learn about our world. Traveling gives you the chance to broaden your horizons and go on some incredible adventures. Traveling is not without risk, and you need to do all that you can to protect yourself while you are abroad. Staying safe while traveling isn’t difficult but it does require just a bit of common sense. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and your party safe while enjoying your trip.
1. Stick with the group. Be careful going off on your own particularly at night. If there are just the two of you traveling then stick together in well-lit areas or crowded parts of town. While this is probably the most practical advice on traveling it is often the most ignored.
2. Don’t go off with strangers. You are probably going to meet very nice people on your journey and that is great, but remember not everyone is nice. If a person you just met invites you to their home or hotel then you should politely decline. You can hang out with new people comfortable in a nice restaurant or other public place.
3. Keep your personal information personal. You don’t have to tell someone you just met what room you are staying in or give out your home address. The name of your hotel is one thing, there are hundreds of guests but your specific room number could compromise your safety.
4. Lock your passport and valuables in the hotel safe. If your documents are with you then lock them up securely. Losing your passport while you’re in a foreign country is a big deal, aside from the hassle of getting a new one you need to be wary of identity theft and human trafficking.
5. Be aware of your surroundings. This is something you should actually do all the time, but when you’re in a different country you need to be especially vigilant. There are pickpockets, thieves and kidnappers who prey on tourists all over the world. Stick to well-lit areas if you’re going to be walking around at night.
6. Check for travel advisories. You can check on a government website for travel information, that will include whether the political situation makes it dangerous or if there is a weather event that will make your trip dangerous.
Traveling can be safe and fun as long as you keep your wits about you. Remember that you are in a foreign country and that you may not have the same level of safety or legal protections that you do at home. Be cautious but have some fun!