Protecting Yourself In A Foreign Environment: How-To Bookmark and Share

Whether you are used to traveling domestically or abroad, you must never let your guard down and become too complacent. After all, you are in a foreign area and it often leaves you feeling vulnerable. There is a vast range of unpredicted circumstances that could arise when you are traveling such as theft and robbery. Tourists who are negligent of their belongings often fall prey to these individuals who aim to take advantage of their vulnerability.

Here are some practical tips to ensure a safe travel. While most of them might be quite obvious, a simple reminder won’t hurt:

*Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. If you have to put them down, make sure that they are close within your reach and they you can see it.

*Never keep any important documents or valuable items away from you. Avoid putting these valuable items inside a bag that can possibly be taken away by some robbers since you are also posing them at risk of being taken away. Items like credit cards or passport must be securely placed in a passport holder or passport wallet. You need to carry them with you at all times.

*If possible, dress simple and appropriately. Wear as little jewelry as possible since they could suggest affluence and trigger potential thieves or pickpockets.

*Never bring all your credit cards with you during travel.

*Vary the time at which you leave your hotel room or apartment. That way, no one can monitor and predict your schedule.

*Examine the safety features of the hotel or apartment you are staying in. Opt for a room near the stairwell. Make sure that the hotel room doors have a peephole and can be opened only through the use of cards.

*Be cautious when riding a cab or public transportation. Keep an eye on your bag and other important belongings.

*If you are driving your own car, park in well-lit areas. Preferably, these areas must have enough people around too.

*If you are traveling for an important business appointment or conference, bring travel alarm clocks to ensure that you wake up on time and never be late for those appointments. When you have trouble waking up early in the morning, choose the type of alarm clock that produces a loud noise.

*Before even leaving for your trip, you need to formulate an emergency plan with members of your family. That way, they’d be informed on what they need to do in case emergencies happen.

*Never divulge any travel plans or personal information with anyone while you are traveling, especially among strangers.

*If you have to take medications, properly label them. Place reminders on the schedule when you must take these medications.

*Whatever you do, never flash your money in public. This will invite notorious pickpockets and robbers.

*Before visiting a specific city or region, do some background research on the city. This will give you a clear idea of the traffic system, the crime rate, and other essential information that will enable you to assess how much safety precaution you need.

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