The world is a wonderful place to explore. However, it’s important to be advised of some safety tips for traveling abroad.
Unfortunately, tourists are often targets of thieves because they tend to carry money, debit and credit cards, passports, and other important things on their person.
Here are 6 safety tips that are useful for people traveling abroad.
- Research your intended destination in advance and avoid going to countries facing internal/external conflicts that may heighten danger. Understand the government and crime rates. Avoid traveling to countries with corrupt leadership or untrustworthy law enforcement.
- Educate yourself so that you can go places with confidence. Know which places are safest to visit and how to get there securely. If you are unsure, ask your hotel concierge to help plan your arrangements and/or arrange your transportation.
- Don’t be an easy target. Try to blend in and avoid looking like a tourist. Read maps discreetly and be wary of people around you. Do not hand your phone over to strangers offering to take your photo.
- Don’t wear expensive jewelry or flash money around. These behaviors may attract unwanted attention from thieves.
- Avoid “seedy” neighborhoods and nighttime travel when crime may be up. If you must use an ATM, do so from a safe location during the day. If you are unsure, ask your hotel manager for guidance.
- Watch out for scammers. These people may pose as police officers, tour guides, cab drivers and more. If possible, have your travel arrangements prepared in advance and be sure to carry emergency phone numbers (embassies, local police, etc.) should an emergency arise. For more travel safety tips to avoid scams visit the Federal Trade Commission’s official website.
Traveling is an enriching experience, but going to new places may also present some challenges. Since safety is paramount, it’s vital to employ these and other safety tips for traveling abroad, to ensure a seamless experience for all. For more travel safety information, please click this link.