Travel Advice -
When you are traveling, be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
Avoid areas that appear seedy, run-down, or are graffiti ridden. If you
would not walk around a similar area while in your hometown, do not do
so when you are traveling.
When walking in cities, stay on well-traveled, well-lighted streets.
- Avoid alleys and short cuts.
- Avoid large dimly lit areas, train stations (unless you are catching
a train), and empty streets.
- Ask the staff at your hotel if the area surrounding the hotel is
safe for walking.
- Ask them if there are areas of the city that you should avoid in
the day or night.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and appear as if you know where
you are going and have a purpose in doing so.
- Consult your map before you leave and stick to the path that you
- Try to keep a low profile and avoid attracting attention to
yourself. You want to blend in and not appear a tourist or any easy
Have you mobile phone ready for emergencies or purchase a phone card
and be familiar with how to use it.
- If you are traveling abroad, we recommend that one of your first
purchases is a phone card.
- Make sure you know the local emergency numbers for the police (you
can find this information in the Travel Information section of our
Destination Guide for the country)
- In addition, you should know enough words in the local language to
call for help or the police.
If you are accosted, do not fight back.
- Give them what they want. You are irreplaceable.
- Losing your belongings is a monetary loss and an inconvenience but
not a tragedy.
If you are robbed, be sure to file a report with the local police and
obtain a copy of the report. If your passport is lost, contact the
nearest U.S. Embassy.
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