Travelling is one of the most interesting activities in one’s life. However, when you travel to a strange and unfamiliar place, you are very likely to be attacked, especially when travelling to third world countries. Tourists are usually very easy to be noticed and taken advantage of because they usually wear quite different clothes, bring a camera along and have a lost look on their face. So how can tourists protect themselves against being attacked in a new place?
Learn about the place you are travelling to carefully in advance. You should use the internet to find information about the culture and custom of the country you are going to as well as the contact information of your embassy in that country. You should also take down the emergency phone numbers there in case some problem happens. In addition, there are many websites supplying travel tips and reviews written by experienced travellers. Reading all that information will make you feel more confident and secure in a strange place.
Going with a group is much safer. Going in a tour group with a guide is a great way to explore a new place. The tour guide knows where the safe places for tourists are and what to do in case of trouble.
Avoid crowds. You are very likely to have your wallet or purse stolen in a crowd and can never find out who the thief is. A chaotic crowd is very dangerous and you could even be killed.
Avoid carrying much luggage with you. You will stand out on the street and can be the target for attacks. Moreover, carrying much luggage along will slow down your speed, thus you will react slower when being attacked.
Don’t bring much cash with you while travelling. Credit cards and travellers’ checks are safer. To prevent pickpockets, you should put your wallet in the front pocket. It is very difficult for pickpockets to get your wallet from the front.
Never leave your valuable things visible. In addition, try not to wear expensive clothes or jewellery when travelling. The “richer” you look, the more likely you are to be attacked.
Make a copy of all your important documents, especially your passport and keep them in a safe place.
The most important thing to be safe is that you always have to be cautious. Be aware of anyone that slows you down or anyone behind you for several minutes on the street. Even if you are the most soft touch in your home country, you have to be the most suspicious one in a new place.