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20 safety tips for travelers

1) When picking up a taxi from the airport to the hotel, travel in more expensive airport taxis and make sure the drivers have IDs. Never take a taxi waiting near the airport.

I know it sounds extreme, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

2) When traveling from the hotel to the airport, take a taxi recommended by the hotel.

Again, a taxi can be very dangerous. I can’t express that enough.

3) Try not to arrive in a new city or town late at night.

It may not go so differently. It is much easier to register during the day, and at night the security in some areas is just awful.

4) If possible, travel in a group.

Since when is traveling in numbers not a very good idea?

5) Before arrival, learn the basics of the local language. Don’t expect people to speak English.

Nowadays, English is becoming more common, but you want to be sure. You should always check these things before your arrival.

6) Keep the values.

A money belt is great if it’s an option you’re willing to explore. There are many different styles of money belts. One of the most popular is a purse in the style of “over the shoulder” on the strap that was under your top. This makes it very difficult for a thief to settle with your valuables.

7) Avoid walking on your own to remote areas / ruins where a tourist is expected. See local advice or take the guide.

8) Read guides and talk to other tourists to find out which areas are best to avoid.

9) Leaving discos late at night, take a taxi home, no matter how close your hostel is. Outside of most discos you will find a street vendor selling cigarettes. Usually these people know all the taxi drivers and can recommend safe.

10) Arriving in a new city, follow the original plan and stay in the hostel you have taken. Don’t let the taxi driver convince you that your hostel is fully reserved and that he knows cheaper and better. It will work on assignment, and the hostel probably won’t be in a safe part of town.

11) Even better, if you arrive on a strip / train to a new city, try to book a hotel in advance, preferably at a hotel that has an airport / train collection service.

12) Don’t wear expensive jewelry.

13) In public transport, a casual day suit should be near you, preferably with straps around your legs or locked to the luggage rack. On buses, your backpack usually goes outside either on the roof or in the outer luggage compartments. In intercity buses, ask for a receipt for the bags. On short trips just watch carefully every time the bus stops to unload the bags. In case your bags are stolen, stay on the bus – you will probably need a declaration from the bus company, which takes responsibility for the loss, to claim money from your insurance company.

14) Leave valuables in the hotel safe during day trips and long excursions. Receive a receipt not only for the strap / purse, etc., but also for its contents with each item listed.

15) If you need to leave your passport and credit cards together, put the credit card in a sealed envelope and sign your name on the back. So when you come back, you’ll find out that nothing was fake.

16) If you plan to go out to shopping areas, crowded streets, fiestas, etc., don’t go with all your valuables. Leave them at the hotel. If you are planning to buy something expensive, keep your money in your money belt. Try to be prudent by discovering it! To protect small changes in the pockets, you can tuck a handkerchief.

17) If the sidewalks are really crowded, especially in the market, go by road.

18) If you suspect that someone is following you, stop and look them in the eye until they go. If you really feel bad about the place, go with the first instincts and leave. Nowadays cutting a bag is rare, but for added security you can carry your day pack on your chest.

19) If it’s on your back, try walking without stopping. If you need to stop, gently swing the pack from side to side so you can feel if someone is correcting it.

20) When you put your bag on the floor to take a picture or just sit in a cafe, be sure to push your foot over your belt. Not only is it impossible to snatch, but you won’t forget! This is the most common type of theft – tourists forget their bags in cafes and come back to ask if anyone has seen them, you guessed it.