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Traveling Like A Pro: Safety Tips To Enjoy Overseas Public Transportation

If you are traveling overseas, you’ll mostly be depending on the foreign country’s public transportation to bring you to and from your destinations. Public transportation provides an excellent way for travelers to save money while on a trip. But that’s not to say that they don't present some risks.

Take a moment to consider the following tips to ensure your safety when using overseas public transportation.
  1. Always look for a permit or an official badge
A legitimate bus driver or taxi operator must have their badge displayed inside the vehicle. Take a quick look around to find the badge and don’t be afraid to get out of the vehicle if you don’t see one. If you do see a badge, make sure that the picture on the badge looks like the driver.
  • In most countries, most taxi operators and bus drivers are required to display their permits. If you don’t see one, you may try asking your driver if he has one. The hardest part about this though is how are you going to tell the driver in a foreign language.
  • You can try asking the concierge at the hotel you’re staying at or local police for which cabs or buses are legitimate.
  1. Avoid falling asleep
Whatever you do, you must avoid falling asleep, especially when riding overseas public transportation.
  • Sleeping while riding public transportation is the easiest way to get your wallet, money, and other personal belongings stolen.
  • Sleeping can also make you miss your destination and end up in a strange place.
Stay awake and alert no matter what, especially if you are riding in a taxi. Your driver may attempt to steal from you or take you someplace else.
  1. Keep your bags and packages in your sight
If you don’t want to lose your bags or packages while traveling, you must never lose sight of them. You can also keep them close to you when riding in a bus or a taxi.
  • This is especially true if you have several bags or packages with you or if there other passengers who have similar bags like yours. Other passengers may mistake your bag as theirs or switch your bags with theirs if you don’t keep them close.
  • Gather your bags around your seat or in between your feet when sitting. If you’re standing, grab hold of them and avoid putting them on the floor, especially if there’s a lot of passengers.
  1. Always know where you're going
You must always know where you’re going before hopping inside a cab or a bus.
  • Telling your driver that you don’t know where to go makes it easy for them to drive to a weird or strange place. Your driver may even have a malicious idea in mind, which can put you in danger.
  • You must have a map with you when traveling overseas. This way you’ll never have to rely on asking others for information. You may also want to pay attention to the route you’re taking to find out if the driver is taking you someplace else.
Lastly, you may want to follow the rules and regulations when riding a taxi, a bus, or a train when traveling overseas to avoid public transportation accidents. Your safety should always be your number one priority when traveling overseas. Because if you don’t look out for yourself when traveling overseas, you’ll never enjoy your trip, and worse, you could be in grave danger. Be sure to follow the safety tips above when using overseas public transportation.

Vicki Haskett 
Vicki is a law writing enthusiast who's had over 25 years of experience in her field. She enjoys sharing her experiences with those who wants to learn more about the legal world, she is a writer of Abels and Annes P.C . In her spare time she spends quality time with her family and friends.
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