It is easy to let your guard down when you travel.  After all, you are more relaxed and there are so many new sights to focus on; however, it is always advisable to use the same common sense when travelling abroad than you would at home.

  • PAY ATTENTION TO PERSONAL SAFETY
  • Avoid secluded places and do not walk alone after dark.
  • Keep all your goods in sight and reach. If you use public transportation, always keep an eye on them.
  • If you are lost and in need of checking your map, look for a public and safe place to do it.
  • Carry just the cash for the day and one credit card in your pockets. Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill.
  • Do not leave money and other valuables in your hotel room while you are out. Use the hotel safety box.
  • When doing bank transactions, you must present your original passport.  Use only banks or authorized agencies for exchanging your money.
  • Use automatic teller machines located in public and well illuminated places. Be careful of any offer for help from strangers when using the machines; withdraw the cash and count it before going outside.
  • DO NOT PACK VALUABLES AND MEDICATIONS IN BAGGAGE YOU PLAN TO CHECK. Your bags will pass through a lot of unsupervised hands on its cross-country flight; so, keep your jewellery, money and traveller’s checks in a handbag. And there’s always the chance that your baggage may not keep up with you, so pack medications and prescriptions in your handbag, too.
  • WATCH YOUR BAGS! Half of the bags stolen are those left unattended.
  • Inside and outside the airport and anywhere on the road, never leave your bags unattended for a second.
  •  RESET YOUR THINKING WHEN IT COMES TO TRAFFIC SAFETY. The rules of the road may not be the same as they are at home. In some countries, people drive on the opposite side of the road and you will need to be aware of this before you cross the street – look in the opposite direction from the one you’re used to. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way overseas, either. Be sure there are no cars coming when you step into the street.
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