Holidays abroad are for making memories, having a good time and exploring somewhere new. But while having fun is a priority, so should staying vigilant, especially in a country you don’t know very well. Sometimes, tourists can be targeted by criminals who take advantage of them not knowing the area or speaking the local language. To make sure you don’t get caught out, Express.co.uk has gathered together ten ways you can stay safe on your next adventure in a new country.
1. Get travel insurance
This is by far the most important advice for those travelling abroad.
Travel insurance can protect you if you have to cancel or cut your trip short and missed transport or delayed departure.
It can also protect you if you get hurt and need medical assistance, if your belongings get damaged or if your passports, money, baggage or any other items get lost or stolen.
If you don’t have travel insurance, you will have to pay out of your own pocket to deal with any issues while you’re away.
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2. Don’t flash your valuables
Watches, expensive bags, jewellery, electronic devices such as phones and tablets can all be targeted by thieves.
Even a fancy camera could make you a target, so pack things that are functional yet cheap.
3. Avoid certain areas
Dark alleyways, rough areas and even bus or train stations at night can be home to some unsavoury characters.
If you do feel uncomfortable, try and walk into a very busy area such as a restaurant or bar.
If you feel like you’re being followed, ask someone who looks like security or police for help or walk into a hotel that’s not yours.
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4. Dress right
Avoid wearing anything that screams “tourist” such as t-shirts with names on.
Wearing a camera around your neck with a strap is another one that immediately looks like you’re a tourist.
Unfortunately, women can be targeted by men if they are wearing more revealing clothes.
This can especially be the case in hot countries where tourists are more likely to wear shorts and t-shirts.
5. Beware of scams
There are plenty of scams out there that are often used on tourists.
Some scams serve to distract you while you’re being pick-pocketed.
Research the scams that have been noted where you’re travelling to on blogs and forums.
Always zip up your pockets and have your belongings in your eye line.
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6. Lock your doors
Lock your windows and doors, no matter where you’re staying.
Then, lock up your belongings in your accommodation.
Ideally, choose accommodation that has a safe for your belongings so that even if there is a break-in, your valuables are safe.
7. Do your research
Before you leave, do your research on the area you’re staying in.
Find out where is more touristy, where crime takes place, where the police station is, where your embassy is and what transport services are available.
8. Keep a list of emergency numbers
Make a list of emergency numbers for the country you’re visiting and keep it with you at all times.
This includes the embassy’s address, email and phone number.
Keep the numbers on your mobile phone and on your person in case your phone is stolen or runs out of battery.
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9. Keep your passport and cards close
Always keep your money, cards and documents in your hand luggage and keep it with you.
Your passport and money are your way home – if these are stolen you could be stuck in a foreign country for a while.
Some people even suggest taping passports to themselves to make sure they remain safe.
10. Avoid cash
It’s good to have some cash handy for taxis or cash-only vendors but it’s not best to rely on it.
Cash can easily be stolen, leaving you stuck if you have no other options.
A travel card or credit/debit card can always be blocked if stolen.
Source:Daily Express :: Travel Feed