Each and every one of us would of course love to travel if given the chance, and the 21st century is all about fulfillment, exploration and self-discovery. Travel is a great way to achieve all these goals and more, be it local or international as there is always something new to find out. Currently, it is easier than ever to get oneself from one spot to another considering we have highly advanced modes of travel, which are not only faster, but also safer. However, there is always bad with the good, and even the most conscious traveler should be wary of their surroundings. Here are some ways you can ensure safety while exploring the world.
If you are visiting a different country, then one of the first tips you should embrace is localising yourself. Learning the language, or at least the necessary parts of it before you go could prove to be extremely handy, although you need not know it 100% fluently. However, knowing how to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’ can go a long way with the locals. Additionally, show a genuine interest in the food and culture as this will help you settle in, and less likely to get into altercations with the people of the area.
LOCK YOUR BAGS
For some unfathomable reason, though this world has become unsafe in so many ways, people are still not taking adequate safety measures to ensure they avoid situations of theft or lost baggage. One of the most basic things you need to do when traveling is to lock your bags with a proper padlock. Numbered padlocks work really well as you need not worry about keys, or you could even invest in a suitcase that comes with a number lock which means you need not get a padlock at all. However you want to do it, ensure you lock all your bags.
Yes of course you know you are a tourist, but the entire city need not know that. True enough, it can be fun being the tourist and taking hundreds upon hundreds of pictures and asking questions, however you need to be subtle too. Chances are, if you are singled out as being new to the city, you are an automatic target for stealing or pickpocketing as you are completely unaware. What is more, you are luring thieves straight to you, and if you lose your travel documents, your holiday is very soon going to turn into a nightmare.
As important as it is to have fun and enjoy yourself, you should always be aware of your surroundings. Explore, eat, meet people and have a blast, however do not lose track of where you are. If you have friends showing you around this will be very helpful, however if you are a solo traveler always be vigilant and remember what items you are carrying about with you. Always check up to ensure they are with you at all times.