Family Health

How to stay safe travelling

March 20, 2017

The last thing you want to deal with while travelling is losing your belongings. You should enjoy your holiday, after all, you earned it. But, if you don’t want to end up the victim of a crime, you must be aware of your surroundings.

Your look

There are certain mannerisms and looks that criminals can pick up on that shout you’re tourist. If you have a camera hanging around your neck and are standing in a random area with a big map open, then it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not a local. Try to blend in with the crowd and not stand out so that no one takes advantage of you.

Don’t walk around with your gadgets in your hand because you’ll be attracting thieves. And, obviously, don’t flash wads of cash around. Avoid looking too wealthy. You may love your 5 carat rings and solid gold neckpiece, but you’ll be increasing your chances of being mugged.

Be alert

Don’t be over friendly or ask everyone you meet for directions. Rather go to hotels, garages and shops nearby to ask the local people for directions. Don’t go out on the street thinking you can trust just anyone. Walk quickly and be alert. Try not to walk around looking confused and lost because that’s a perfect opportunity for a perpetrator to approach you.

Criminals like to take advantage of tourists because they’re more easy to target as they don’t know the area well. Avoid accepting random lifts from any stranger,

Get a check up

Before your trip, make sure that you’re actually healthy enough to travel. You don’t want to find yourself in an emergency ward in a foreign country. Get vaccinations and a check-up from your GP before you leave.

Long distance in a car

When you’re travelling long distance, prepare yourself because anything might happen along the way. You might find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tyre. Bring an emergency first aid kit in case anyone gets injured, a tyre gauge, some water, and a flashlight. It’s important that you make sure you’re prepared for anything that might happen along the way.

Be wary of hitchhikers, some people really do need a lift to the next town. But for others, it could be a ploy to hijack your car. Don’t be too trusting along the way, especially if you’re travelling by yourself. And if it’s possible try not to travel at night, avoid it. At night you’re more vulnerable and susceptible to hijackers in the area.

Travelling solo

If you’re travelling alone, let people know every day where you’ll be and with whom. For example, if you decide to go on a hike, you might find yourself getting lost and you might lose signal on your phone. You could end up stranded for days if you don’t tell anyone where you’ll be going. Inform a friend or family member where exactly you’ll be going, who with and for how long. This will help alert family members that you may be in danger if you don’t come back when you say you will.

Important documents

Don’t carry important documents everywhere you go. You may feel safe knowing that everything is stored in your wallet, but what happens if it’s lost or stolen?

Valuables

Stash your money and credit cards separately. Keep some in your wallet and store other cash in the zipper of your jacket. Just don’t stash it in your back pocket because there may be pickpockets around the area. If you have any valuables with you, such as laptops and jewellery, store them in your suitcase and make sure you have a lock so it’s secure.

Emergency

You need to make sure that you put your safety first. Find local police, hospital and ambulance numbers and store them. If you end up going to the hospital, make sure you are covered by hospital insurance. There are a lot of hospital insurance companies that offer great plans for you and your family. Also try to find out where your nearest police station is located. For instance, if someone is following you and you have an idea of where the police station is, you can drive there for help.

Make your vacation enjoyable by ensuring that you protect yourself and your family. Tourists often make the mistake of letting their guard down and trusting all the locals. Do your homework on the area you’ll be visiting. Ask the receptionist at the hotel if they can give you tips on areas you should not go to. They will know which places are dangerous and why you should avoid them. If you follow these easy tips, you could have an unforgettable trip.

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