Travelling is an exciting and eye-opening journey. It's easy to get preoccupied with all the thrill. Don't forget about your personal safety while you're having a ball of a time.
1. Do your research
Get to know your destination thoroughly before you book arrive. Read about the popular scams happening in the destination. Consult with locals and read reviews posted by other travellers. Research can give you deep insights into the location, places to avoid and places you should visit.
2. Don't draw attention
People who look like they’re from out of town are especially vulnerable to crime, so try to blend in as much as you can. Avoid wearing expensive items, flashy clothes and jewelries. Approach people carefully if you need to ask for directions. Consider investing in protective clothing and gear that will make it more difficult for pickpockets.
3. Avoid using public wifi
Public wifi makes it easy for thieves to hack into the information stored on your mobile phone or laptop. If possible, get a portable router to set up your own Wifi hotspot. Otherwise, set up a virtual private network (VPN) that will allow you to access the Internet securely.
4. Make copies of your documents
Make a copy of all your important documents. You never know when you might need a copy of your passport, driver’s license, travel insurance, vaccination verification, or other important documents. Scan these documents to save online and print out several hard copies.
5. Don't post location on social media
Avoid posting photos or status updates online while travelling. Sharing your agenda or location on social media allows potential thieves to keep track of where you are, making it easier for them to time a crime. Post about your trip only when you complete the trip.
6. Keep things in your front pocket
Avoid keeping things in your back pocket, especially important items such as cards, key, wallet or purse. Putting things in the back pocket make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your belongings. Try to keep such items out of sight as much as possible.
7. Get a travel insurance
Doing your best to prepare for your holiday means accounting for things that could potentially go wrong. Travel insurance can help you minimise losses due to unforeseen circumstances during your travel. It's especially important during these unpredictable and volatile times.
8. Keep your friends and family updated
No matter where you're heading or how long your trip is, it's always a good idea to keep your friends and family informed. Share your itinerary with them and keep them updated on your whereabouts. It's incredibly important should something unexpected happen in the region you're travelling through.
9. Be aware of your surroundings
Don't let your guard down at any point in time, and always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you're in bustling cities or crowded places. If someone near you is acting suspiciously, or if you feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately.
Following these tips can help you travel safely, but no matter how many precautions you take the unexpected can always happen. Just stay vigilant and enjoy your vacation.