Top tips to avoid being a victim of crime overseas
Although travelling is usually an unforgettable experience, it’s important to ensure that it’s memorable for the right reasons. Here are some tips to guarantee that you’ll stay out of the way of any trouble whilst holidaying abroad.
Keep your belongings safe
The risk of theft when travelling has unfortunately been slowly creeping higher and higher. Thankfully, though, there are precautions you can take to stop it from happening. Keep your valuables concealed when out in public, and wear a cross body bag to minimise the chances of bag-snatching – this occurs when an opportunistic thief rides past on a motorbike and grabs your bag out of your hands.
When in your accommodation, keep your belongings concealed either in a safe or somewhere that’s equally as secure, and keep all entry points closed and locked when you’re not there. If you are unfortunately a victim of theft, make sure to report the missing items to the police within 24 hours of noticing that they’re gone. It’s the first step of what you should do after being robbed overseas, according to 1Cover, who highlight Rome, Barcelona and Hanoi amongst the pickpocketing hotspots.
Don’t head off the beaten track
If you’re got a bug for adventure, don’t let it take you somewhere you’re not sure of. Tourists are often tempted by the allure of an undiscovered location whilst travelling, but you’re at a risk of running into trouble whether it be with nature or with the locals.
If you choose to tour a secluded spot away from a busy town, make sure it is with a reputable company that have the correct registration and are taking the right safety precautions. Another thing to look out for is the safety of activities – if you’re an intrepid explorer, you’ll likely want to try your hand at traversing the land in some unique and exciting ways, but make sure they’re all safe to do.
Be careful when trusting strangers
Head to any tourist hotspots and you’re bound to end up conversing with likewise travellers. Why not? Sometimes you can make friends for life on a holiday, so it’s worth striking up a conversation with others staying in the same spot. In fact, staying in hostel dorms and hanging out at the bars is one of the easiest ways to befriend people abroad, say Adventurouskate. Just be sure to not invest too much trust in them.
Although your new friends may seem genuine and good-natured, that might not be the case. Stay vigilant and careful – don’t tell your new friends exactly where you’re staying, for example. If you’re in the same accommodation, don’t tell them where your room is. Don’t leave them to look after your belongings, either. It may seem cold and hostile, but putting too much trust onto people you barely know is not wise when travelling.
Look out for scammers
A lot of less-developed towns and cities across the world rely on bustling marketplaces, usually vibrant and popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s here where you may run into scammers, especially if you’re easily distinguishable from the locals.
Be prepared to haggle your way through stalls and vendors in order to avoid astronomically high prices. Locals may try to take advantage of the fact that you’re likely to be clueless about how much things should cost, so be on the lookout for adapted prices and negotiate them back down to something much more sensible if need be. This doesn’t just happen in marketplaces, either – taxis and shops are where you also need to be careful.
Written by: Ivy Oliver for http://blakemedia.co.uk/