Solid Advice on Travel Safety and Security
There are steps to staying safe while traveling. I’m going to share my overall best solid advice on travel safety and security. If you don’t follow them it could mean the difference between making beautiful memories or having the worst most inconvenient trip anyone could be on.
Most people do know that there are professional thieves out there and that there are some that work in teams. Now you don’t have eyes in the back of your head so it’s important to make sure that they know you are aware of your surroundings.
Anyone who is a practiced thief can spot a tourist from a mile away
- Don’t dress to look like a tourist, look at what the locals are wearing so that you don’t stand out. A good idea is to purchase a few outfits on location after you arrive.
- Keep your head and eyes on a swivel
- Pickpocket-proof garments by sewing pockets to the inside lining of your jacket or sweater
- Wear a culturally correct wardrobe don’t wear anything with symbols of religion, military, camouflage, national flags, swear words or words that you can’t translate, this could offend or maybe even spark debate. Note: It is against the law to wear camouflage clothing in Saudi Arabia, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.
The big key to travel safety and security is to blend in stay away from bright gaudy colors so that you can more easily blend in with the locals. Dress conservatively, consider wearing navy, blue, tan, gray or black. This will help from drawing attention to yourself. Unless bright colors and pattern are part of the local culture or you are traveling through central Africa where black and blue are the favorite colors of large biting tsetse flies.
Dress to blend in with the local community. You don’t want to be an easy target
- Avoid being a target by not wearing flashy expensive jewelry or clothing
- Wearing a camera around your neck is a dead giveaway when it comes to looking like a tourist. We all like to have photos to keep and share our memories. Pack a camera that is small enough for you to take a few shots and then fit into your small bag.
- Since most European cities dress fairly well t-shirts and a simple sundress will give a tourist look
- Go for a cross body tote bag over a backpack. A backpack will mark you as a tourist and very easy to steal out of especially if you’re wearing it on your back.
When it comes to travel safety and security always look like you know what you’re doing. If you aren’t sure if you’re heading in the right direction try not to make it obvious to everyone. Take a minute step out from the open and into a more private shop to regroup.
Don’t bring attention to yourself by being loud
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