Tips on how to keep safe when traveling next

Tips on how to keep safe when traveling next

by Evigan Xiao 11 Feb 2020

Holidays can be fun, but sadly they can also be dangerous if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Unless your idea of a fun time is being left stranded in the middle of nowhere without your belongings, you might want to take a little more care in planning your next vacation.

 

Research your holiday destination

Doing your homework guarantees not only the best travel experience, but also the safest one. Even if you’re visiting a place you’re familiar with, it’s always good to get up to speed with current events such as weather warnings and hotspots for crime.

 

Obey the signs

It’s understandable to want your trip to be full of adventure, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of common sense. If a sign reads “DANGER. DO NOT ENTER”, it’s probably for a very good reason. The same goes for verbal warnings. At best, disobeying the sign has you running afoul of the law. At worst, you just might end up forfeiting your life.

 

Stranger danger

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean that strangers can’t do you harm. My girlfriend was the victim of a con job on her first trip to Paris because she trusted an absolute stranger. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a friendly conversation with one of the locals. But it’s often prudent to take what they say with a pinch of salt, especially if it’s regarding services or directions to particular place.

 

Dress conservatively

Wanting to look your best on your trip is fine, but avoid donning threads that are overly flamboyant or provocative, as some cultures are sensitive about how individuals are dressed. Aside from that, dressing flashily tends to make you stick out like a sore thumb, which can end up attracting all sorts of unwanted attention.

 

Mind your money

Cash is king, but that doesn’t mean you should bring all of it out in one go. My dad has a pretty solid system in place when travelling: Withdraw the amount equivalent to the projected expenses but only bring out about 10-20% more than what’s expected of the day, keeping the rest in the hotel safe. Since most places accept credit card payments these days, relying on plastic to pick up the slack should be fine. It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the notes and coins of the country you are in to avoid handing over a hundred instead of a ten. Also, taking care not to flash the amount of cash you carry in your wallet can go a long way in protecting yourself.

 

Your holiday is only truly over once your feet lands back on home soil. Keeping your guard up while overseas may seem a little excessive, but it’s certainly possible to have an enjoyable time while staying safe. After all, no amount of fun is worth the safety of you and your loved ones.