Travel safely – Whether driving, flying, or taking public transit, learn how to stay safe and competent.
When you’re travelling alone, it’s easy to get distracted by the excitement and wonder of your new surroundings.
But, your safety should always be at the forefront of your mind.
Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, here are some tips on how to stay safe on your trip:
Tips for How to Travel Safely and Smartly
The truth is that this world has dangers, but there are also precautions you can take to make your trips safer.
Before you travel, do some research. Researching the area is essential for safety and security purposes.
Learn about the culture, customs, climate and history of the place you visit.
Researching the best places to go helps you avoid crowded areas or tourist traps that are more expensive than other options in town.
It also helps avoid unsafe neighbourhoods or dangerous situations where people might be looking to take advantage of tourists who don’t know their surroundings well enough, either physically or culturally/socially speaking…
Check into your hotel’s safety precautions.
When checking into your hotel, ask about safety measures in place.
This is especially important if you’re travelling with children or elderly relatives.
You’ll want to know whether there are any special precautions for these situations.
If you’re travelling alone, this is also an appropriate question—you don’t want to find yourself stranded in an unsafe area at night!
If you’re staying at a resort or on a cruise ship, the staff may be more than willing to share information about their security procedures and how they can help keep guests safe while they’re away from home.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Always watch for anything that doesn’t seem right or looks unusual.
Don’t be distracted by your phone, especially while crossing the street or in large crowds.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed, even if it’s directions or some advice from a local person on what to see in their area!
Dress the part.
Your clothing is a direct reflection of your personality and attitude.
When you’re travelling, you must dress so that people will see you as approachable, friendly, and open to conversation.
The dressing will help you achieve this goal.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewellery—you don’t want to attract the attention of thieves or pickpockets who may target you for robbery by mistake.
- Wear comfortable shoes that are easy for you to run in if need be (and with a good grip).
- Avoid wearing high heels; they’ll slow your escape from trouble if necessary and make it more difficult for others around you to hear what’s happening.
- Don’t wear a money belt—the bulge will be evident under your clothes and can look suspicious even if it isn’t what the thief suspects! Instead, keep valuables like passports stored in hotel safe boxes when not being carried by an adult (who should also have their money belt). If possible, use only one credit card while travelling so there’s less chance one gets lost or stolen—if someone else has access to many cards, those could get used up without realizing until after the fact!
If possible, opt out of carrying cash altogether – many places now accept non-cash payments such as debit cards or even Apple Pay!
Always keep cash on you.
Cash is a good backup plan. You may have a credit or debit card to use when travelling, but sometimes these cards can be limited in functionality.
For example, your credit or debit card may not work at certain ATMs in other countries if you’re travelling.
In this case, having some cash on hand can help you get back home without worrying about carrying around valuable international currency or paying extra fees at the airport’s currency exchange kiosk.
Also useful as an emergency fund or backup plan for travellers who run into problems with their credit or debit cards abroad, cash is also handy in less stressful situations—like when paying a cab driver or buying snacks from street vendors who don’t accept electronic payments.
Keeping some cash on hand for these times ensures there are no issues with paying with traditional methods of exchange (i.e., paper bills).
Buy travel insurance.
Buy travel insurance. Travel insurance should be purchased before, not when you arrive at the airport.
This way, if something happens and you’re rushed to the hospital or lose your luggage, there’s no need to consider whether you have it covered.
You can focus on getting well or being compensated for your loss without worrying about what it will cost you out of pocket.
Make sure that your travel insurance covers everything you need to protect (e.g., lost luggage).
The point here is that any time a situation arises where something could go wrong with your trip, ensure that your travel insurance covers those things so that if they happen, all your bases are covered–and then some!
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Know where your keys and essentials are at all times.
It’s essential to keep your keys, wallet and passport in the front pocket of your pants or jacket.
You can access them if you need to find a way out.
You should always put your phone on you and, if possible, keep it in the same pocket as your other belongings.
If possible, put a lock on your backpack so no one can steal it from you while travelling by bus or subway.
A good safety tip is to keep valuables such as cameras in zippered pockets on backpacks or bags so that they are less likely to be stolen by pickpockets.
If you are staying somewhere for more than one night, store as much as possible inside lockers provided by hostels or hotels rather than leaving them out of sight with valuables visible through open windows when sleeping in dorm rooms with bunk beds.
Carry a small first aid kit.
- Be prepared for minor injuries. It’s always a good idea to carry a small first aid kit with you in case you get injured or sick during your travels. Include bandages, antibiotic cream, pain reliever and antiseptic wipes.
- Please keep it in a small bag or purse so it will be easy to access when needed but not cluttering up your pockets or backpacks.
- If you don’t have one of these handy kits yet (or if yours is missing pieces), they are available at most pharmacies and can usually be purchased!
Use an anti-theft bag or purse.
- Use an anti-theft bag or purse.
- Don’t carry valuables in your handbag or backpack. If you need to take something valuable with you, put it in a pocket first and then slip the pouch into the bag or pack.
- Never leave your bag unattended at any time — not even if it’s for a few seconds while you use the bathroom, get food or drink something, or tend to another business matter. This is especially important when travelling by public transportation because people may come and go while someone else is watching over their property as they do something else.
- Keep all bags on your person (unless carried by another person) at all times — whether that means holding onto them when walking through crowded streets; keeping them under your arm when riding buses; trains; subways; ferries; taxis; Uber rideshare service cars (Uber drivers often ask).
Avoid showing off electronics.
You should avoid showing off your phone or laptop in public places. This can make you stand out as a tourist and make you a target for theft.
When using your phone in public, keep it close to your body so that no one can see what’s on the screen if they glance at it while passing by you.
It would help if you also didn’t use electronic devices after dark, especially near bars or nightclubs—this is when thieves often strike.
If you’re going out with friends, try to meet them in areas with plenty of people so that no one feels alone or vulnerable while waiting for their ride home.
You should always be aware of your safety when travelling alone.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid busy places and stick to quiet areas where there are fewer people.
- Don’t flash any expensive jewellery or carry large sums of money when travelling alone. If you lose sight of your belongings, it’s better not to flaunt them in public in the first place.
- When walking around town, try not to wear headphones so you can hear what’s happening around you; this will allow you to be more alert and aware of potential threats or problems that may arise during your travels.
- You should never leave bags unattended for long periods because it could make thieves more likely to target them for theft—and if someone does take off with one of your bags, it would be helpful if they weren’t able to get away with anything; valuable!
The Last Word
We hope these tips have helped make travelling a safer experience for you. Remember that safety is your number one priority when travelling alone and always keep yourself informed so that you will be prepared for anything!