Security while on vacation is a topic every tourist should be conversant with. It is crucial to be on guard when in a new environment with an unfamiliar culture, people, and systems. So we’ve compiled a list of safety tips to make the most of your next vacation.
Do your research
Find out all you can about your destination. Research their crime rate, reviews from other travelers, common crimes meted on tourists, and how to protect yourself against them. You want to be well informed so you can travel prepared.
Maintain a low profile
Establish boundaries with people you meet. Avoid making it obvious you’re a tourist; don’t speak loudly or tell people where you come from in every discussion. Avoid telling people you meet on vacation all about yourself. Dress to blend in; don’t go out with flashy jewelry or expensive gadgets.
Be observant of your surroundings and the people in them. Avoid crowded places and be extra vigilant in tourist spots as that is where petty thefts are likely to happen.
Update your family and friends
Let someone you trust always know where you are. Share locations and details of your movement, including who you’re going out with and when you’re supposed to be back. Share pictures and details of your accommodation and itinerary.
Keep your belongings safe
Keep your belongings in your sight, do not give them to another person to look after. Have a strap-on purse for the essential items and hold onto it. Also, ensure to go out light; do not carry many things.
Safeguard your room
Besides locking your hotel room with a key, use deadbolts and chain locks if available. Additionally, you can prop some furniture against the door. Also, be wary of opening your door to unidentified strangers.
Be mindful of your activities
Do not invite strangers to your room. Curtail how friendly you are with people you meet. Make sure you do not lose track of happenings while out, especially at bars. Do not go to places where you’ll find more locals than tourists, but remain on guard if you do.
Book with a trusted tour company
At Leryhago, we take safety seriously. We do not book accommodations, tours, and activities with companies that have questionable profiles. We conduct due diligence on everything we recommend to our customers.
Know what to do when in trouble
Research what to do when faced with certain situations; ask your tour guides and agent, and look for reviews from other vacationers. Save emergency numbers to call and what to do in an emergency. Do not say, “it can’t happen to me.” It’s better to have a plan and not need it than to need a plan and not have it.