We might call it a gap year, but few of us actually go travelling for a whole year. You’ll probably find that people of all ages head off travelling these days, not just those who have finished university and want to see the world before they settle into their chosen career, but people who have been doing the 9-5 for years and need to rediscover themselves, families who take the brave jump to take their children with them on a big family adventure, or someone who just wants to see what the rest of the world has to offer.
Whatever your reasons for travelling, everyone needs to have an idea of how to stay safe whilst they’re abroad. There are lots of advice tips online, from remembering your camera so you can get them enlarged with a canvas photo prints company when you come back, to having a full health check before you go. But don’t worry if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed – here you’ll find a condensed list of 5 traveller safety tips everyone should know.
Consider a self-defence class
Taking a self-defence class before you go will certainly boost your confidence and will help you react better to a confrontational or dangerous scenario. Of course, you should never put yourself in immediate danger and flight is better than fight in these cases but having the skills and strategies to defend yourself from attackers will certainly give you more confidence.
Know someone who’s good at sewing? This common traveller trick is ideal for places that are susceptible to pickpocketing and even mugging. If a mugger or thief tries to find your money belt or wallet then they’ll be sorely disappointed. You could have seamless pockets added to your trousers or your light jacket or shirt. If you’re no good at sewing then ask a relative or head to a seamstress or tailor for a little help.
Know your numbers
Do you know the emergency number for your destination? For Europe its 112, America 911, and 999 in the UK…but if you’re unsure of the emergency number of the country you’re travelling to then make sure you know it and memorise it. Better to be safe than sorry.
Dig out an old mobile phone
It’s recommended that you don’t bring flashy electronics with you when you travel, and you can easily access social media and your emails in internet cafes. Find an old mobile, replace the sim card with a local one and you’ll have a mobile phone that you can keep in touch with everybody on. If it gets lost or stolen then at least you won’t have to worry about getting your insurance to pay out and you won’t have lost all your photos.
Know your exits
It might sound like a quote from a spy film, but there is some truth to it. Whenever you find yourself in a new room, a new hostel, hotel, or a new environment make sure you’re aware of the quickest way out of the building. It could save your life.