I’ll be the first one to say that I love being in big cities. I love all the people, the immense culture, and all the things to see. Even after only a few days of being in London, I can definitely confirm that I want to live the city life. However, there’s one thing you have to remember if you’re going to stay in the city, and that’s your personal safety. There are so many things to remember when it comes to being safe in a different environment, but today I’m going into some of the thing’s I’ve learned throughout my travels.
Watch your possessions like a hawk
If you’re going to be walking around the city or taking mass transit, make sure that all of your belongings are in a bag with a zipper. That doesn’t make your things pick pocket proof, but it does make it harder for them to reach in and steal your phone/wallet/other important thing that you need.
Make sure that you don’t carry around your passport or visa with you at all times. You won’t need them when you’re traveling around the city, so you can keep them locked up in your hotel or apartment while you’re out and about.
I always like to carry a crossbody around with me because that way I can always see my belongings in front of me. Plus, it makes it harder for anyone to yank it off my shoulder. It’s all in the details!
Only use licensed transit
Whether it be a bus, subway system, or taxi, make sure your transit is LICENSED! Typically, you shouldn’t have to worry about this, but at my orientation for school, a police officer told us there has been instances where people got into an unlicensed taxi cab and got into some trouble. So while those licensed taxis might be a little more expensive than you would like, it’s worth the money to avoid any risk. You’ll most likely be thankful in the long run!
Keep track of all your spending
I know this doesn’t necessarily seem like a “safety” sort of thing, but it’s so easy for people to steal your information when you’re traveling. Make sure you know exactly how much you’re spending and where you’re spending it at. That way you’ll know if any mystery charges come up on your credit card!
After every day, log on to your mobile banking account if you can to see if everything looks normal. If it does, you don’t have to worry! If you suspect something happened, alert your bank IMMEDIATELY! They can arrange a solution for you!
Always have emergency information written down
Let’s face it: Even if you keep your eyes on your bag all the time, it could still get stolen at some point or another. Make sure that you have some emergency information written down and keep it in a safe place at your living accommodations. That way, even if your bag or phone DOES get stolen, you still have all the information you need.
That being said, make a copy of EVERYTHING: credit cards & their numbers, passport, visa, important phone numbers…the list goes on and on!
Have a travel buddy
If at all possible, make sure you have someone with you at all times. I know that’s not always plausible, but it’s the ideal thing! You’re so much safer if you travel with someone else, and that way you have someone else looking out for you. I feel much safer when I’m in a large group of people, and it makes going around large cities much more enjoyable!
While those aren’t the only ways to be safe while you’re traveling, they’re some of the easiest things to control! I hope everyone remembers these safety tips next time they’re traveling! Hope you all have good trips!
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