It’s a new year, and as you look to the next 365 days ahead, you’re likely thinking of where your next vacation will take you. With recent events around the world, and seemingly dangerous situations often occurring where you’d least expect it, you might even be a bit wary about whether you should go at all.
Well, we’re here to tell you that you should absolutely NOT scrap your travel plans. Instead, it’s all about traveling safely, and being prepared in order to mitigate any risk while still living a life full of exploration, culture, and new experiences.
To shortlist some travel tips you should familiarize yourself with, we’ve compiled a list of the top 22 you should know before you go!
- Most attackers strive to be inconspicuous. Therefore, yelling “Help!” if someone approaches you in a public space might be enough to scare them away when they realize you’re willing to put up a fight.
- If someone gets close enough to attack you, don’t be afraid to attack back. Identify the most vulnerable body parts to go after first, including eyes, knee caps, bridge of nose, etc.
- When walking solo in an unfamiliar area, keeps keys in your hand, that can be used as a weapon if necessary.
- Always walk facing traffic. It prevents someone from sneaking up behind you without being detected.
- If you ever feel slightly suspicious, or scared in your surroundings, have a security guard escort you to your car. In the end, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- If ever you’re being chased, run towards the nearest public area or police/fire station to seek help.
- Always be cautious when approaching your vehicle. Scan for suspicious activity, survey the side and underbelly of the vehicle from a distance as your approach it. That is often the best way to spot someone looking to “surprise” you.
- If someone barely bumps into your car, and you suspect it could be an opportunity to rob you, don’t get out of your car. Instead, head to the nearest police station to file a report.
- Avoid the ability for car-jackers to get you between a rock and a hard place. Don’t get boxed in at intersections by making sure you leave a few extra feet between you and surrounding cars in the event you need to move quickly.
- Keep your car keys on a separate ring from your home and office keys. This way, if you lose one, you won’t lose everything.
- Keep a written inventory of all valuables and important documents when traveling.
- Be cautious of who you alert to your vacation plans, especially when it comes to making announcements on social media. To be on the safe side, wait until you return to post all your trip pics.
- Ensure your hotel room has a safe to store valuables, passports, etc. while you’re out on the town.
- Inquire whether the hotel has a 24-hour security person or system in place for the premises.
- Check to make sure all locks in the room operate correctly, including sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony or walkway.
- Beware of your body language. Make sure you communicate confidence at all times. Looking confused or lost is often an invitation for someone who wants to take advantage of you and your situation.
- Even when spots are hard to come by, refrain from parking next to a large vehicle or van that hides your car. This makes you an easy target.
- When traveling abroad, make note of the name, address, and phone number to the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
- Keep a throw-away wallet on you when traveling. In case someone demands it, you won’t lose your valuable items.
- Keep your money, and identification documents in a belt pouch or hidden pocket to make it hard as possible for a robber to gain access to.
- Beware of the local standards and customs of dress to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb or offending the locals.
- Always choose elevators over stairs.