Traveling is a wonderful experience. Many experienced travelers will tell you that there is nothing more rewarding. The first time traveling can be a bit nerve-wracking if you don’t know how to keep yourself safe. We have a few safety tips for first-time travelers to help you have a wonderful experience.
1. Travel insurance – Get travel insurance. You have to have a safeguard against loss of your luggage or other valuables.
2. Leave the electronics – We know you want all your fancy gadgets, but you don’t need them. Leave your laptop home as you will not be working even if you say you are. You don’t need all your camera equipment either. Your phone can probably do everything your laptop and your camera can do. Keep your electronics to a minimum and lock what you don’t use in your hotel room.
3. Keep your eyes open – When going out to a bar, keep your eyes open. The same rules apply as when you are home. Watch your drinks and beware any strange behavior. Try not to advertise that you’re a tourist. This makes you an easy target.
4. Be aware – When walking on the streets and looking for places, keep your head up. You are less likely to be targeted by pick pockets if you look like you know where you are going. If you look like a lost tourist, you are an easy target.
5. Use Safety Apps – Uber, bSafe and Drunk Mode are apps that can come in handy. They will help you arrive safely at your hotel and can even help your family track your movements. If you feel unsafe, they can call someone to help even when they are on the other side of the world.
6. Money safety – Always have some cash on you for emergencies. Before you leave your home, make copies of the fronts and backs of your credit cards and also copy your ID document, visa, and passport. This is all in case they get lost or stolen. Inform your bank when you travel overseas as they may freeze your accounts at the worst possible time.
7. Blend in – This should be clear by now. You don’t want to stand out as a foreigner. This makes you an easy target for pick pockets and predators.
8. Embassy info – Make sure you know the information for your country’s embassy. They can help you out with many situations and give you the information you need. They can also help you get in touch with your family in a crisis.
It should be very clear by the end of this that you need to act normal, confident and blend in. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t get distracted, and most of all enjoy your trip!