Throughout my adventures, I have learned quite a few things about traveling safely. Although there are certainly unexpected adventures along the way, some potential risks can easily be avoided. Here are a few simple (and logical!) rules to abide by when you are traveling:
- Always back at your hotel by 10 or 11 pm. Nothing good happens after midnight.
- Always walk with a buddy–never alone.
- Avoid dark unlit streets (although it may be difficult–not all streets are well lit as most are in the States).
- Moderation–don’t overdrink (or anything else). If you want to have a night of it, do it at your hotel/hostel or pub/cafe very nearby.
- Always have the business card of your hotel in your pocket–not in the bottom of your purse–right at your fingertips. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been lost (especially after dark), and I don’t remember the name of the hotel or how to get there or even the street. Pulling out a business card is simple and easy–just hand to the taxi driver.
- If you get separated (and you will), always go back to where you last made eye contact and stay there! You and your traveling companions should understand and make a pack to follow this rule.
- I recommend buying a trendy “fanny pack belt.” I have a great one from Michael Kors–I call it my MILK purse: money, ID, lipstick & kleenex. AND I can fit my passport. I wear this and always carry my passport and money with me–on my body. I never have to search for it, and I can easily keep my hands on my stuff! Some disagree and recommend you keep your passport in a hotel safe, but I suggest you keep it handy and on your body at all times.
- Oh yes, this is most important: Stay rested. Tired travelers are cranky travelers. This is when things go awry (such as missing a train, leaving luggage, or tripping and falling). All because you are tired and not paying attention.
–Annie Collins, CTA
Owner & Travel Architect