Traveling is an incredible gift, but it also comes with its fair share of risks. We’ve all heard stories about people getting pickpocketed while in a major city, but there are plenty of other things to be worried about when on vacation.
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by yourself or in a big group; it’s always a good idea to be prepared for any situation.
So, if you’re gearing up for a big trip, here are a handful of safety tips you should follow. Stay safe out there, folks!
Do your best not to bring any expensive jewelry with you while on vacation. While I understand wanting to show off your favorite pieces in a beautiful city like Paris or Rome, wearing flashy jewelry makes you a target for a robbery.
There are thieves who look for people wearing diamonds or gold and make a point to rob them. Not to mention, you run the risk of losing your jewelry in the hotel or when you’re out and about. Keep yourself — and your nice pieces of jewelry — safe and leave them at home.
Never — and I mean never — get into a car that is not an official taxi or ride-share car. Unofficial drivers may try to get you to ride with them when you arrive in a new city, but simply say “no thank you” and head towards the official taxis instead.
These unofficial cars can be unsafe and they will also charge you way more than an official taxi or Uber. They know to target tourists because they assume they don’t know any better! And, if you do happen to use a ride-share app to get a car, make sure to verify their vehicle information and their name.
Pickpocketers run rampant in major cities across the world, so it’s always smart to not put all your money in one place. If you’re staying in a hotel, put half your cash and one of your credit cards in the safe in your room and the other half in your bag.
That way, if you do happen to get pickpocketed or your bag gets stolen, you still have some money on you. There’s really nothing worse than having everything stolen from you and realizing you have no way of paying for anything.
Traveling solo does not have to be a scary endeavor, but it is important for solo travelers to be extra cautious when it comes to safety. If you happen to be traveling solo, make sure to inform your loved ones of your whereabouts.
Text or call when you get to a new city, give them the information of where you’re staying and keep them updated on your itinerary. It’s also a good idea to check in often. You don’t want your friends and family to be worried!
While you’ll probably have important phone numbers and directions to your hotel in your phone, I would suggest also writing down all the important information too.
Along with having the address to your hotel and the phone numbers of your emergency contacts, write down the number for emergency services in the country you’re in (it’s not 911 all around the world).
Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a group, it’s always a good idea to not stay out too late. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun, but it does mean you should be smart about it.
You’re more likely to get lost or end up in a dangerous part of town when you’re in a city you’re unfamiliar with. Make sure to stay in public places, don’t get into a strangers car, and don’t tell anyone where you’re staying.
Before you head off on your trip, make copies of any important documents you’re planning on bringing with you. From passports to visas to itineraries, it’s always smart to have extras on hand. Keep a copy in every piece of luggage you have, should one get lost.
Last, but certainly not least, is to trust your gut. It’s so important to trust your instincts while on vacation, especially if you’re in a place that is completely foreign.
A major part of traveling is spending time with locals and doing things that are a bit outside your comfort zone, but there’s always a line.
If you feel unsafe or uncertain, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Should you find yourself in a situation that is not good, make sure to stay in a public place and let someone know you feel unsafe. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do!