To feel safe and secure is important to all of us, especially when travelling to an unknown, distant destination.
You certainly do not want to look over your shoulder the whole time while you are supposed to relax and enjoy the new adventure, but you have to make your personal safety a priority.
Be safe with the following Safety Travel Tips, especially when you are travelling solo:
- Do research about your destination
Make sure that you know the local number to call for emergencies. Be aware of customs, etiquette and safety concerns. If you talk to locals, find out about neighbourhoods to avoid, especially after dark.
- Secure your luggage
To prevent anyone from tampering with or stealing your luggage, keep it secure with a lock. Even if the contents do not have a high value, it’s all you’ve got on your nomadic wanderings and what seems of little value to you, may be exceptionally tempting and valuable to people in countries you visit.
- Secure your passport, cash & credit cards
Before you leave, scan a copy of your passport, e-mail it to yourself and take a photo of it to save on your cell phone. That way, if you need your passport while out (but it’s locked up in your hotel safe), you’ll have access to all your details. Plus, if it’s stolen, getting a replacement will be that much easier. On travel days, carry your passport separately from your money and credit cards. Keep your spending money easily accessible and the rest hidden, so that you’re not showing off a big wad of cash every time you pay.
- Leave an itinerary and emergency contact
Unplugging while on vacation can be great, but try not to go too under the radar, especially if you’re travelling alone. Leave your itinerary (even if it’s just as basic as which city you’ll be visiting and when you’ll return) with a trusted friend or family member back home, and try to check in with him or her every day. That way, if something happens, they can alert authorities on your behalf.
- Stay Alert
Keep your wits about you as you’re walking around, especially if you haven’t quite got the measures of the different neighbourhoods in a strange city. If you do not notice any other tourists and you feel threatened in some way, head back to a safer, more populated area.
The most effective advice is to follow your instincts if you ever feel threatened and get out of the situation you’re in as quickly as possible. We have instincts for a reason…trust them.