Going on vacation is always an exciting time, especially if you’ve been needing a break. But don’t let your excitement cloud your judgment. Going to a strange city, while fun and magical, comes with its own dangers. Do your research about the city you’re visiting and follow the precautions below to make sure you don’t fall victim to the local lowlife.
1. Use Common Sense
When touring a busy city, it’s always good to use common safety sense. Whether you’re new to the city, or you’ve visited before. If something feels unsafe or sketchy, trust your gut and get away. Many times, a person’s body language will make it obvious they’re not legitimate.
2. Don’t Walk Around Looking at Your Cell Phone
Don’t make yourself a target by looking at your cell phone a lot. Thieves, pickpockets, and other various criminals look for people like that because they’re easy money. Likewise, don’t walk the streets listening to headphones, as you won’t be able to hear if someone sneaks up on you.
3. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Just like your phone, don’t walk around looking at a map for too long, stay on well-lit streets. If you stop to watch street-side musicians or attractions be aware of the people around you. If you are alert to what’s around you, criminals won’t be as likely to sneak up on you.
4. Keep Valuables in Front Pocket
Make sure to keep your phone and wallet in your front pocket instead of the back. If you have any valuables that won’t fit in your front pocket, leave them behind at the hotel. The less chance potential criminals get to see all the expensive stuff you own, the better off you’ll be.
5. Exercise Caution on Public Transportation
When using the subway, train, or bus to travel around the city, use extra caution. Sit as close to the driver as you are able. Hold your bag or purse in front of you with your arms crossed over top.
Should you decide to call for a ride instead, be aware of fake Uber drivers by knowing what your driver and their car should look like.
6. Dress Like a Local
Last, but not least: don’t dress like a tourist. Do some research on the city you’re visiting and do your best to dress like they do, especially if you’re visiting a foreign country. If you don’t look like a tourist, you won’t become an easy target for thieves.
By following the above tips, you should be able to avoid having anything stolen, or worse, during your vacation.
However, nothing is foolproof and some criminals may get creative, catching you off guard. If you do find yourself a victim of a crime, call the police immediately.
Above all, follow your gut and use common sense. By avoiding potentially dangerous situations you should be able to fully enjoy your visit.