Choosing a safe destination is always a top priority and you can easily find out on travel websites how friendly they are. But in reality, there are risks everywhere from travel scams to theft… Before traveling to another city or country, it's better to be prepared for your safety. mine.
1. Learn to manage allergy and health problems abroad
If you have any type of allergy that threatens your health, learn to write and pronounce the name of the food product or allergy medicine in the local language. Write these names on a card, in your phone note, or use a medical alert bracelet. The same is true for any other illnesses and medical conditions you’re being treated for.
2. Download offline maps and translation apps
As a rule, Google Maps, Google Translate and similar applications require an Internet connection. However, these apps also have an offline version. Before you travel , download an offline map of your destination and required languages for the translation app. Doing so you can not get lost in an unfamiliar city, even without the Internet.
3. Find out about local public transport schedules
Public transport is an option if you want to travel cheaply and safely. However, it is important to find out in advance the schedules of local public transport. In some places there are fewer or no buses or trains at night. If you don’t know the schedule, you may miss the last bus and have to walk or choose a taxi.
4.Leave expensive things at home
A new camera or expensive jewelry can attract the attention of “thieves”. If you can’t wear fancy clothes on your trip, it’s better to leave expensive jewelry and accessories at home. Dress simply and appropriately for where you are going, and store the camera when not in use.
5. Email yourself scans of important documents
Before you hit the road, scan and email yourself copies of important documents like your passport, driver’s license, insurance, visa, ticket, etc. grant. You should also carry a copy of your passport instead of the original when going out in an unfamiliar city.
6. Always carry your ATM receipt
Few of us think about it, but this piece of paper left at an ATM can cause your identity to be stolen. Depending on the region and bank, ATM receipts may show your location, recent transactions, balance, last digits of card and account number. Also don’t forget the general rules of safety when using ATM:
– Make sure no one is behind you when you enter your PIN
– Do not use ATMs with poor lighting or those located in deserted areas.
– Don’t count cash or look at your belongings while standing at an ATM
7. Search for secure internet connections
When traveling, we mostly encounter public internet at hotels, cafes and airports, which is not always safe. If there’s no way you can avoid using unsecured public internet connections, be specific about what you type on the keyboard. Avoid entering email passwords and website logins, and avoid logging into bank accounts, work emails, and other sensitive accounts using unsecured connections.
8. Choose a room on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th floor
Security experts are sure that you’re better off choosing a room from the 2nd to 4th floors. The ground floor is too accessible from the ground, while the 2nd to 4th floors are too high for thieves, but low enough. so that the fire truck can reach in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, many hotels from the 2nd floor and above require a key to enter the floor, which makes it harder for thieves to get into your room.
9. Check locks on all windows
Check the locks on the windows and balcony doors when you arrive and every time you return, as housekeeping may open them and forget to lock them. If your room has an adjoining room, make sure the door between the two rooms is securely locked.
10. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door when leaving the room
If you feel unsafe, when you leave the room, turn on the radio or TV and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the doorknob. This way you will give the impression that you are in the room.
11. Avoid using the safe in the room
Hotel safes are very easy to break into and they are the first thing to be targeted if your room is stolen. Visit the check-in counter to see if there are any other options for keeping your assets safe.
12. Avoid saying your personal data out loud at check-in
Write your name, phone number and any other necessary information on a piece of paper and give it to the hotel staff so that this information cannot be overheard. Ask hotel staff to write down your room number instead of saying it out loud.
13. Place a piece of tape or paper over the peephole
There have been cases of people being watched and even filmed through peepholes in hotel rooms. When you enter the hotel room, check the peepholes to see if they are really secure. Do not check in without peephole or damaged, and ask to move room. Cover the peephole with a piece of paper or tape from inside the room.
14. Put a glass panel on the doorknob in your hotel room
Some economy hotels have poor or no security systems. To feel safe in your room at night, place a glass cup on the doorknob before going to bed. If someone enters your room, the cup will fall to the floor and the sound will wake you up.