Traveling has become a second nature to students. If you are a big university type of person, you must travel a whole lot. You may be assigned to do some field report in a nearby province, go home to your home towns on weekends and travel to and from your apartment everyday. While this may be something monotonous to you, you still need to take caution. Don’t underestimate the power of the street freaks. You never know when you will encounter an accident or case of mischief. Here are some tips to keep you protected:
- In all times, be vigilant. Don’t walk the streets like it is your house hallway. Keep an aye on all the things you see, especially the suspicious looking ones. Stay away from dark alleys and desolated areas; thieves may jump in on you from nowhere. Be watchful always. And keep an eye on your belongings. You don’t want your $2,000 Macbook stolen. In fact, it might be best to look for the best laptop under 500 dollars, and grab that for traveling.
- If you are new to a particular city, be armed with a guidebook. This contains information on recommended hotels to stay in, safe routes to take if travelling within the vicinity and areas to avoid at all costs. Also, don’t trust new-found people at once. They may project a warm approach but is really thinking otherwise.
- Good communication skill is the best tool you can have if travelling to a foreign land. Asking for directions when lost will always be in handy so you need to know how to speak their language. You may enroll in short courses before leaving or upon arrival to your destination. Choose a credible school so you get the best results. If you can’t afford foreign language classes, you can always go to your nearby bookstore and purchase a guide or dictionary of the language you need to learn.
- The first thing you must do when you arrive in your destination is to register at your respective country’s embassy. This will make sure that your country will be aware of your whereabouts in case something bad happens. When you get to the embassy, you could also meet fellow travelers and gain acquaintances. They can be your travel buddies since you can very well communicate with each other. Remember to get yourself a travel guide so you know which areas to avoid. Follow it to enjoy a safe and smooth-sailing journey.
- To avoid illegal luggage matters, never carry something you don’t own even if you know the owner very well. You will have a hard time explaining once the officers found out that that strange luggage contains drugs or lethal weapons. You will be charged for something you are completely unaware of.
- Ignorance will always mislead you. If you are off to a new place, armed yourself with their local customs and laws. Some places don’t tolerate communicating with their sunglasses on; it is said to be a show of disrespect. Wearing a skimpy short may already be a civil crime in some places so be aware. Know your rights and responsibilities for the time being.
- Guard your luggage at all cost. Your things will keep you thriving throughout your travel; you can’t afford to lose them in a foreign land. Know that today’s thieves have developed more advanced and subtle tactics on stealing. One person may talk you out of an emergency and the next time you look at your luggage, it’s gone. Wherever you go, don’t be too trusting. Even if you are in a secured airport, you are still not safe from bad people. With the present poverty that citizens are experiencing, stealing has become the easiest option for them to feed their families’ empty stomachs.
A good travel is a safe travel. Enjoy your trip but keep your vigilance level up at all times. Enjoy!