20 Safety Tips For Budget Travelers

1) When taking taxis from an​ airport to​ your hotel,​ travel in​ the​ more expensive airport taxis and ensure that the​ drivers have official identification. Never take a​ taxi waiting outside the​ airport grounds.

I know this sounds extreme,​ but it​ is​ by far better to​ be safe then sorry.

2) When traveling from your hotel to​ the​ airport,​ go with a​ taxi recommended by the​ hotel.

Again,​ taxi’s can be very dangerous. I can’t express that enough.

3) Try not to​ arrive in​ a​ new city or​ town late at​ night.

This can just go wrong in​ a​ number of​ ways. it​ is​ much easier getting checked in​ during the​ day time and security at​ night in​ certain areas is​ just horrendous.

4) Travel in​ a​ group if​ possible.

Since when is​ traveling in​ numbers not a​ good idea?

5) Learn the​ basics in​ the​ local language before you​ arrive. Don't expect that people will speak English.

English is​ becoming more widely spoken these days,​ but you​ want to​ be sure. you​ should always check on​ these things before your arrival.

6) Keep your valuables hidden.

A money belt is​ great if​ it​ is​ an​ option that you​ willing to​ look into. There are many different styles of​ money belt. One of​ the​ most popular is​ an​ “over the​ shoulder” style wallet on​ a​ strap that you​ were underneath your top. This makes it​ very difficult for a​ thief to​ make off with your valuables.

7) Avoid going on​ your own to​ remote areas/ruins where tourist would be expected to​ go. Seek local advice or​ take a​ guide.

8) Read the​ guide books and talk with other tourists to​ find out which areas are best avoided.

9) When leaving discos late at​ night take a​ taxi home no matter how close your hostel is. Outside most discos you'll find a​ street vendor selling cigarettes. Usually these people know all the​ taxi drivers and can recommend a​ safe one.

10) When arriving in​ a​ new town,​ keep to​ your original plan and stay in​ the​ hostel that you​ have decided on. Don't let the​ taxi driver persuade you​ that your hostel is​ fully booked and that he knows a​ cheaper and better one. He'll be working on​ commission and the​ hostel probably won't be in​ a​ safe part of​ town.

11) Even better,​ when arriving lane/train in​ a​ new city,​ try to​ reserve your hotel in​ advance,​ preferably with a​ hotel that has an​ airport/station collection service.

12) Don't wear expensive looking jewelry.

13) on​ public transport have your day pack close to​ you​ at​ all times,​ preferably with the​ straps around your legs or​ padlocked to​ the​ luggage rack. on​ buses your backpack will normally go outside,​ either on​ top of​ the​ roof or​ in​ the​ external luggage compartments. on​ long distance buses ask for a​ receipt for your bags. on​ short rides just keep a​ careful eye out each time the​ bus stops to​ off-load bags. in​ the​ event of​ having your bags stolen,​ stay with the​ bus - you​ will probably require a​ declaration from the​ bus company accepting responsibility for the​ loss in​ order to​ claim any money from your insurance company.

14) Leave your valuables in​ your hotel safe when making day trips or​ longer tours. Obtain a​ receipt not just for your money belt/wallet etc. but for its contents,​ with each item listed.

15) if​ you​ have to​ leave your passport and credits cards together,​ place the​ credit card in​ a​ sealed envelope and sign your name across the​ flap. This way when you​ return you​ will know that nothing has been tampered with.

16) if​ planning on​ going to​ market areas,​ crowded streets,​ fiestas etc. don't go with all your valuables. Leave them in​ the​ hotel. if​ you’re planning on​ buying something expensive keep your money safely in​ a​ money belt. Try to​ be discreet when opening it! to​ protect small change in​ your pockets you​ can stuff a​ handkerchief in​ after.

17) if​ the​ pavements are really crowded,​ especially in​ market areas,​ walk in​ the​ road.

18) if​ you​ suspect someone is​ following you,​ stop and stare them in​ the​ eye until they go. if​ you​ really get a​ bad feeling about a​ place,​ go with your first instincts and leave. Bag slashing is​ rare nowadays but for added safety you​ can wear your day pack on​ your chest.

19) if​ it's on​ your back try to​ walk without stopping. if​ you​ need to​ stop,​ sway your pack gently from side to​ side so that you​ can feel if​ anyone is​ tampering with it.

20) When putting your bag down on​ the​ floor,​ to​ take a​ photo or​ just to​ sit in​ a​ café,​ remember to​ put your foot through the​ strap. Not only will it​ be impossible to​ snatch,​ you​ also won't forget it! This is​ the​ most common type of​ theft - tourists forgetting bags in​ cafes and on​ returning to​ ask if​ anyone has seen it,​ you've guessed it,​ it's gone.
20 Safety Tips For Budget Travelers 20 Safety Tips For Budget Travelers Reviewed by Henda Yesti on September 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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