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The Smarter Tourist: Safety Tips You Should Always Remember Before Traveling Abroad

There’s nothing that could be more exciting for the family than traveling abroad. Traveling abroad allows you to experience and enjoy different cultures around the world.
But that is not to say that traveling abroad doesn’t always present risks. For the most part, traveling around the world is safe, but the same can’t be said when you travel to third-world or underdeveloped countries. Your safety should always be your number one priority no matter where you go around the world, and there are safety precautions that you must always keep in mind to ensure that your trip is safe and fun.

Here are the top safety tips to consider when traveling abroad.
  1. Separate your cards from cash
You might not want to keep your cash, cards, and other money together in your wallet. In case you lose your wallet, you could lose all of your money in one instant. Be sure to separate them and put each of them in a safe place.
  • Bring one or two cards with you along with some cash. This will ensure that you’ll always have money to use everytime you go out.
  • Bringing too much cash can also make you an ideal victim for thieves or robbers, especially in third-world countries where criminals are always around the corners.
  1. Lookout for your safety when using public transportation
Public transportations are often used by criminals abroad to rob or steal from travelers or tourists. This is why you should be careful and alert every time you use public transportation in a foreign country.
  • Watch out for your travel bags and suitcases, especially at the airport as other people might mistake yours as theirs.
  • Avoid changing your cash at airports as there could be some thieves around watching you.
  • Always contact your hotel to have a car waiting for you as soon as you arrive at the airport. When going out, ask the hotel concierge to call a cab for you. You may also want to ask them about the legitimate taxis and buses around the area. A criminal may pose as a taxi or bus driver.
  • Avoid sharing a taxi with other people, especially strangers.
  • If you are renting a car, make sure that you secure it before leaving it in a parking area as carjacking is pretty common in other countries.
  1. Avoid standing out in a crowd
Tourists are always in danger when traveling to a foreign country because criminals think that they usually have plenty of cash with them. Although, you can't change your physical appearance you can, however, take some precautionary measures to ensure that you won’t stand out too much in a crowd.
  • Match your clothing style with the locals. Avoid wearing clothes or accessories that will make you look like a tourist such as slinging a camera around your neck.
  • Avoid reading a map in crowds. This will make you an easy target for criminals because they know that you are not a local.
  • Be aware and alert when walking with a crowd, especially those who are sticking close to you.
You must always look out for yourself when traveling abroad so you won’t become a victim of crimes abroad such as robbery or theft. Traveling abroad can give you wonderful experiences just as long as you look out for yourself. Be sure to remember these safety tips before and during your trip so you can have a wonderful and memorable time when traveling abroad.
Anne McGee

Anne McGee has over 20 years of experience writing about law subjects where she hopes her knowledge can help the common reader understand law topics that may be of relevance to their daily lives. She is a contributor at Duffy Law. If she's not reading a good book, then chances are Anne is jogging during her free time.
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