When you plan to travel somewhere for a vacation, safety should be your primary concern. You can only enjoy a travel experience if you feel safe and secure. But it can also help if you know how to ensure your personal safety once you get there. Here are some safe travel tips to heed.
Book a hotel near well-traveled areas.
You may think that staying at a rustic, out-of-the-way hotel is an interesting experience in itself. But it can also be a risky proposition for any tourist in a different country. Depending on the safety profile of the country you are going to, isolated areas far from the crowds always pose a personal safety risk. Not only will you be away from important locations such as a police station or a hospital, you may also make yourself a prime target for criminals. To ensure your safety, make sure that you try to book a place to stay in areas frequented by other tourists. Make sure that you stay within areas where you can ensure help when you need it. Areas with crowds will be your best bet.
Keep your personal valuables concealed and secured.
When you go around, make sure that you have your passport and money securely kept in a money belt or a secure bag. Also, keep a photocopy of your passport in a separate pocket as well as in your hotel room in case you lose it. Make sure that you do not put your valuables out in the open to avoid becoming a target for robbers and pickpockets
Keep a low profile when going about.
Nothing can be as risky as being an obvious out and about tourist. It certain high-risk countries, tourists are the primary targets of criminals since they may be easy prey. Make sure that you do not give yourself away by always keeping a low profile. Learn how to dress down or at least imitate what the usual crowd wears. Avoid standing out from the crowd with how you dress. Leave your jewelry when you plan to go around. Try not to share your travel itinerary with just about anyone you meet. Try to vary your travel schedule and the places you go to. Plan your routes so that they are different from one day to the next.