Home > Adult Safety > Personal Safety Abroad

Personal Safety Abroad

By: Kate Simpson BA, MA - Updated: 30 Jul 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Personal Safety Safety Abroad Money And

When travelling abroad, most people are keen to relax and unwind. Travellers, tourists and foreign businessmen and women can be prime targets for criminals, however. In order to minimise stress on your holiday or trip, take time to plan your personal safety strategy in advance. From keeping your valuables safe to avoiding violence, a little forethought may save you from becoming a victim of crime.

Money and valuables

  • Be sure to limit the amount of cash you are carrying by investing in travellers’ cheques. Alternatively, take a small amount of cash along with a credit or debit card that you know will be accepted at your destination.
  • Whilst it may be a touch inconvenient, be sure only to withdraw small amounts each time you visit the cash machine.
  • Store your cash, travellers’ cheques, passport and other travel documents safely. Consider investing in a travellers pouch to keep them in. These discreet bags can be tied around the waist and worn under your clothing.
  • Do not leave any valuables in your hotel or hostel room whilst you are out during the day or at night; carry them with you or ask to store them in the hotel safe.
  • Leave expensive jewellery and watches at home.

Keep in touch

  • Make sure that a few friends or family members know your whereabouts and travel plans and are able to contact you. Check in with them at intervals throughout your trip.
  • If possible, note down the contact details and location of your home country’s embassy before travelling.
  • Make use of local knowledge; don’t be afraid to quiz hotel or hostel staff for directions. You could also ask them if there are any safety risks to be alert to in the local area.

Avoiding Trouble

  • Wherever possible, keep your distance from any large political demonstrations.
  • Be careful to treat everyone you meet with politeness, showing respect for local customs and cultural differences.
  • In some countries, photographing police, military or government buildings or monuments can get you into serious trouble with authorities, so be sure to research local rules regarding photography before your trip.
  • Try not to draw too much attention to yourself as a tourist. Research your day’s route in advance, if possible.
  • By all means accept directions from locals but be wary if someone offers to lead you to your destination.
  • Purchase and enjoy drink only in those countries where it is legal. If you choose to drink, be aware of local laws and attitudes.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption, as you are more likely to have an accident or fall victim to crime when drunk. Indeed, your travel insurance may not cover you for damages incurred whilst under the influence of alcohol.
  • At night, avoid quiet or unlit areas and try to walk and travel with others, where possible.

Personal safety concerns need not and should not dominate your holiday or trip. Common sense is your most valuable tool when it comes to staying safe abroad. Stay alert, use your initiative and your time away is likely to prove stress-free.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Stepfather raped me Six times Before he died When I He pulled my hair and dragged me into the house When I was talking to the staff at school they are not helpfulSupported living not helpful When I told them how I’m feeling I am not interested Every time when I’m looking at the window that the person is that there is nobody there Hit me by a ashtray and push me downstairs when I’ve When I went to school the teachers atso bruises over me 2016 school went on holiday with my family my family Start hitting me Next to the security guards When I was in Turkey when I was about Butlins They was hitting me in the hotel When I got back from When I went to Edmonton Green yesterday with the staff one boy at Park Avenue they said CentreWhen I went to buy close shopping one way he helped me really tight and he kissed me on the cheek he said I miss you you make the memory of my stepfather What he did to me Butlins when home to my sister son when I was living before I got hit again my mum said to me on Saturday can you tell me I wish I was dead I was getting up all night from 3 o’clock till 6 o’clock till 7 to 8 o’clock I was crying for help The staff was there I was interested when he happens
Canan DoganNumber Mo - 30-Jul-19 @ 1:39 PM
Stepfather raped me Six times Before he died When I He pulled my hair and dragged me into the house When I was talking to the staff at school they are not helpfulSupported living not helpful When I told them how I’m feeling I am not interested Every time when I’m looking at the window that the person is that there is nobody there Hit me by a ashtray and push me downstairs when I’ve When I went to school the teachers atso bruises over me 2016 school went on holiday with my family my family Start hitting me Next to the security guards When I was in Turkey when I was about Butlins They was hitting me in the hotel When I got back from When I went to Edmonton Green yesterday with the staff one boy at Park Avenue they said CentreWhen I went to buy close shopping one way he helped me really tight and he kissed me on the cheek he said I miss you you make the memory of my stepfather What he did to me Butlins when home to my sister son when I was living before I got hit again my mum said to me on Saturday can you tell me I wish I was dead I was getting up all night from 3 o’clock till 6 o’clock till 7 to 8 o’clock I was crying for help The staff was there I was interested when he happens
London - 30-Jul-19 @ 1:38 PM
Can I get justice for this even if the woman that destroyed me is dead and I have no proof of this because I never told anyone till now.So I have decided to report it to the police but I can’t go out on my own.
Marty - 20-May-18 @ 7:19 PM
Hi can you tell me if the travel industry is responsible for your safety when you book a holiday. How do they know if you are safe/
kris - 17-Oct-15 @ 10:22 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics