Going to a new place is always a thrilling experience. You don’t know what kind of people you’ll meet. You have no idea about the vibe going on there. Even if you look at thousands of photos online, it’s not easy to tell what delicacies you will love.
Coming back to your favorite location is just as exciting as that. The first thing the comes to mind is, “What has changed since the last time I was here?” “Are there restaurants that I haven’t been to yet?” “Can I still find my way around the place?”
The thing is, no matter where your destination is or how well you know the location, you cannot be 1000% confident about your safety. Without trying to sound like Ms. Debby Downer, ill-meaning people are everywhere. The locals may be accommodating and helpful, but you may come across mean tourists. Your driving skills may be on point, but there is nothing you can do when another motorist falls asleep on the steering wheel.
To lessen your chances of being in an unfortunate situation while traveling, here are some safety tips for you.
Stay Somewhere Close To The Police Station
The first suggestion that may not be heard often is to pick a hotel or hostel or apartment that’s close to the police station. It is ideal if you can find one with only a wall separating the two establishments, but you will be fine if they are several feet away from each other. The reason is that no one will try to do anything awful to you when they know that the cops are a few stone throws away.
Take Note Of Emergency Hotline Numbers
There is no guarantee that you will ever need it, but to be on the safe side, save the emergency hotline numbers in the town or city. A lot of accommodations these days print out the numbers where you can contact the police station, fire department, etc.
Inform Your Loved Ones About Your Itinerary
It is also essential to let your family and friends know your itinerary, although they are back home. The quickest way to do that is by sending them photos and videos of your whereabouts and what you are doing. If you don’t mind giving more details than that, you can pick up the phone and walk them through your schedule. That will allow them to know how you are doing wherever you may be.
Don’t Go Where People Can’t See You
Even though you are alone, there is an unwritten rule that strangers should keep an eye out on each other. That is especially true if you are all in the woods or near the falls. Thus, you should remain in everyone’s line of sight as much as possible to ensure that someone will see if something happens to you.
Your love of traveling should never be marred by accident. Remember the safety tips above to make sure that it will always be spectacular.