Going on holiday is the greatest way to get your dose of stress-free vacation but is also the easiest way to become the victim of theft. Here are our tips that will help you stay safe during a trip and enjoy it as much as possible
- Always be aware of what is going on around you. This is especially important when you’re visiting popular sights and touristy places. Thieves target distracted tourists and it’s less likely that you get pick pocketed if you don’t have any valuables on show and look like you’re paying attention.
- Avoid being confronted by big groups of people as pickpockets and scam merchants often work in groups. So, in case that happens quickly walk away.
- Keep your valuables out of sight. Don’t wear your camera around your neck as ruthless thieves might snatch it and run away with it. At the same time, don’t put your wallet in your bag – put it safely somewhere where you can always feel it.
- The last point is specifically important when you go to cafes and restaurants – you should never put your bag on the floor where it could be easily picked up. Your wallet shouldn’t be in your jacket pocket either as you might not notice how someone steals it if you hang your jacket on a chair.
- Stations are also hotspots for thieves as by being there, you have already identified yourself as a tourist and you’re also probably going to be slightly disoriented. So keep an extra eye on your belongings when you’re there.
- Don’t carry all your money with you. Only take as much as you need for the day and leave all other money and valuables you won’t use in the hotel.
- Get a lock for your bag; this could really make a difference especially if the place you’re staying at is not too safe.
- Insure your phone, your iPad and laptop. All ultra essential and whose presence or absence can drastically affect your mood and your trip. Other than ensuring you have a security passcode for each device, you should also have them insured. That small amount you pay extra can go a long way in the future.
- Travel insurance can also be easily obtained from the post office. It’s incredibly inexpensive and so valuable in case things go wrong.
- List all the emergency numbers you might need like the police, ambulance, etc. Store these somewhere you can get easy access to in case the situation requires you to.
This is a short list and of course each country is different in terms of safety levels. The Foreign & Commonwealth office offers free advice to stay safe in pretty much any country and is worth checking out.