While crimes and accidents can happen anywhere, it is even more stressful if we are scammed somewhere far from home. Getting caught with your guard down can ruin your entire experience.
Do Your Research
Check your country’s government website for any warnings about visiting other countries. For example, the U.S. Department of State lists countries and possible threats that visitors may face while traveling there.
If you want a personal opinion of the country you are visiting, contact expats and previous travelers to get more insight. A part of that country may be dangerous, but it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the country entirely.
Before You Travel
Email your itinerary to your friends and family so that they know where you are and when to expect you back. Also, leave behind contacts to the local authorities and embassy in case they do not hear from you.
Tell your bank of where you are going and for how long. If they see you making purchases without authorization, they might lock your account as a fraud detection procedure. Choose an ATM wisely, check for any signs of tampering, and only take out money in a safe area.
Don’t Make Yourself An Easy Target
Scammers seek out vulnerability, and while it is a crime that is found all around the world, tourists are the easiest targets. Make it more challenging by keeping your belongings close.
In case you find yourself being robbed, consider carrying a fake wallet with you. You can make your pseudo wallet seem authentic by putting little money and papers in it. Your real wallet can be concealed elsewhere, like a secret compartment or a leather money belt.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
While exploring new lands and enjoying the sights, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and drop your defenses. Thieves may wait until you are enthralled with the scenery, or distracted by your phone.
If you do interact with locals, be wary of any advice they give you and get second opinions. They can be friendly, but you do not know if they are a scammer or not! It is also wise not to tell them too much about yourself; it helps to be as vague as possible.
Risk Is Part Of The AdventureThe news often makes the outside world loom so much scarier than it actually is; how many times do you see broadcasts about a calm, average day? Not very often, because it wouldn’t grab anyone’s attention. Don’t let the fear of what could happen, stop you from experiencing our beautiful world.