When it comes to travelling, safety is a major concern. With these tips and ways to stay safe while travelling that are applicable all over the world, I’d like to give you some practical advice.
There are no “good” or “bad” countries in general because crime occurs everywhere – sometimes a few simple tips can improve your safety and make your travel experience more enjoyable.
Learn everything you can about your destination
In large cities, you should be aware of which areas are safe for tourists and which are dangerous. As a European or North American citizen, you are easily identified in Africa, Asia, or South America – in metropolitan areas, the poor and rich coexist, so you should research which areas are safe to stay in before deciding where to stay.
If you are at your hotel/hostel/apartment, you should speak with the receptionist because they know the city better than you and can recommend places to visit.
Keep an eye on your possessions
When in transfer mode , you should always keep an eye on all of your belongings – when travelling with a backpack, you could use a rain-cover to protect yourself from pick-pocketing.
Pickpockets prefer large stations, airports, and busy areas, so you should never leave your luggage unattended.
Don’t flaunt your valuables
Walking around with a 1000€ DSLR around your neck may be problematic in some places, especially when you consider that the value of your camera could be three times the local monthly income.
As a result, you should keep your valuables, such as expensive technical devices, in a daypack and only take them out when necessary.
Know the phone number to call in order to have your cards blocked
If you are mugged or notice a misuse of your card, contact your credit card provider immediately to have your card blocked. This phone number is usually printed on the back of your card; make a note of it separately.
Study the language
If you plan to spend more time in a particular region, I highly recommend learning the language – not only will it enrich your travel experience, but it will also help you when you run into problems.
South America does not have as many English speakers as other parts of the world, so you are frequently lost in translation if you do not speak Spanish. It was extremely beneficial for me to be able to communicate in Spanish, especially after the robbery and having to speak with the police, doctors at the hospital, and the dentist.
Pay with a wallet
It may sound strange after reading the previous tip, but when paying in stores, on the street, or at markets, you should always use a normal wallet that contains only the money you need for the day.
Scams should be avoided
There are various types of scams all over the world, so you should educate yourself on which scams are prevalent in your destination so you can avoid being pick pocketed.
Make a list of emergency phone numbers
In case of an emergency, keep the following phone numbers handy: insurance, family, bank, doctor.
Make a list of these numbers – for calling, I recommend using a Skype-Account because it is inexpensive and requires only WiFi.
Make contact with locals
Locals know their city best – connecting with locals is a great way to learn about a city. Couchsurfing is an excellent option because you can attend regular meetings and meet locals.