Travel Advice - Safety guidelines for travelers
Safe travel requires the observation of several guidelines. Most of our recommendations are common sense and probably reflect your behavior when you are not traveling: however, it seems that many people on vacation forget their usual safety guidelines and plunge headlong into danger. As a consequence, we are taking this opportunity to provide you with a refresher on how to travel safe:
1. Always be aware of your surroundings. If the immediate environment does not “feel” right, find a place that does, immediately.
2. Always avoid sharing detailed information about yourself, where you are staying while on vacation, or your itinerary. The reality is that, other than passport control agents, no one you meet during travel needs to know these details.
3. Theft from hotel rooms, purse snatching, and pick pocketing are the most common crimes against tourist.
4. Make sure you leave a copy of your travel itinerary (as complete as possible) with a relative or friend (see our article on Itineraries). Try to check-in with them once a week by phone or email (find an Internet Café).
5. If you take a cab, make sure that it is clearly marked as an official taxi.
6. Do not wear fancy jewelry or other luxury trappings while out for a sightseeing stroll, as these will attract petty thieves and pickpockets.
7. Always ask at your hotel desk if there are areas/neighborhoods near the hotel that you should avoid.
8. Avoid walking alone after dark. If you do not have companions to walk with, take a cab to and from your evening destination.
9. Avoid walking in isolated areas or neighborhoods that appear questionable.
10. Don't use shortcuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets. Doing so invites danger
11. Although deserted beaches always look inviting, exercise caution.