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- Posted:Friday, August 13, 2010
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Whether you are travelling solo or in a group, it’s always good to brush up on your travel safety tips before you go. Wherever you are travelling to - be it a city you have visited before or a trip around an entirely new country, there are certain things you should always keep in mind for your own safety. We asked our wise Hostels.com facebook fans for their help on putting together a list of travel safety tips, after all, the best tips are ones that have been tried and tested! Here are our fans suggestions of important things to remember to keep you safe on your travels.
Keeping your belongings safe is advice that came in a few times. Anna Gemfeldt recommends buying your backpack with a rain shield. We agree Anna, first thing to remember when travelling is to keep all your belongings safe and protected, even from the natural elements. Staying with backpack safety, Teri Beyer Stanger always keeps a lock on a backpack, even if it’s not locked. Having it look like it’s locked can be a great deterrent. Trisha Howard uses those small key chain rings to hold the two zippers of a backpack closed while not accessing the contents. We like this travel safety tip Trisha and agree that it is a cheap one and a great deterrent as it takes a moment and concentration to get that little thing off.
Staying with personal belongings, but at the higher importance side such as passports and money, we got some great advice on how to be safe with these on your travels. Nancy Cole recommends keeping all of your important documents such as a copy of your passport, credit card number and banking phone numbers separate from your passport and keeping some extra money there too! Debbie Peck suggests something similar by not keeping all of your eggs in the one basket! She keeps her money and cards separate by having a small amount of cash readily available, but bigger amounts hidden away with her cards. Alicia Deadrick does something similar by keeping a separate wallet with some money or a metro pass in it, but keeps her cards and larger amounts of cash hidden away. This handy travel safety tip came in very useful when Debbie was pick-pocketed on a recent trip. Due to her tactful travel safety tips she only lost a small amount of cash and an almost expired metro pass and was able to carry on with her travels.
Sebastian St Troy reckons that travelling with a friend is the way to go to keep safe on your travels, but if you are alone then try to meet new people who are also travelling in the hostels you stay in. However, if you do find yourself travelling solo then be careful of the areas you travel to! Tom Olsen suggests not looking like you are lost even when you are as this will make you stand out. He also suggests that you trust your instincts when something doesn’t feel right.
Bonnita Herriott recommends that women who are looking to dismiss any unwanted attention could wear a pretend wedding ring which might work in certain countries. Karol Svaral suggests learning about the place you are visiting would be a good idea as it would be a great help when in certain areas. We agree with Karol as it’s always a good idea to find out about the local culture and traditions.
And last but by no means least, is a great travel safety tip from A.J. Fay – use your common sense! A.J. also adds that you should use your best judgement and to watch your surroundings.
Have you got any more travel safety tips to add to our Hostels.com facebook fans suggestions? Leave them in a comment below!