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All it takes is one bad decision to ruin your entire trip.
A few days ago, a tourist here in Nashville got very drunk after getting out of the bars late at night, got separated from his friends, and decided it would be a good idea to ask strangers for a ride back to where he was staying. Not a good idea.
He had a gun pulled on him and had his phone and all his cash stolen.
There are going to be thieves in every city you visit. That is just a sad truth. Since we can't get rid of these people, we have to learn how to avoid being a victim.
Here are some tips. For you experienced travelers, it's more like, "well duh."
1. Don't walk alone at night
The 'buddy system' is not just for women. The example story above goes to show how men can easily be victims as well. When in a new city, go out with a group and stay with your group.
2. If you plan on drinking that night...
Already make a plan. If you know you're going to drink that night, already have your trip back to your hotel or where you're staying planned out. Have the number of a taxi with you. Getting drunk will only multiply your risks. Also, remember that the alcohol percentage is different from country to country. Just because you can take 10 shots of vodka in the U.S. doesn't mean you'll still be standing after 10 shots of vodka in Russia.
3. Keep a copy of your passport
Very important to do this. If your purse happens to be stolen or you lose your passport, at least you'll have a copy to take to your consulate with you.
4. Keep money in more than one place
So your wallet or purse was stolen, all credit cards are gone, all cash is gone, now what? Keep money in more than one place as a back-up.
5. Carry your bag in front of you
When I studied abroad in Madrid this is all I did. Especially in the metro, I always carried my backpack in front of me. The crowded metros make for the perfect place for pickpocketing. One day on the way to school, my friend got off the metro and looked in her purse to find out her wallet and passport were missing. With all the bumping around and lack of personal space, it was very easy for the thief to quickly unzip her purse and snatch whatever was in there.
6. Try to walk behind others, especially late at night
This might sound a bit creepy, but it'll make you feel much safer. There were nights when after getting off the metro my friends and I had to go different ways, so I would try to find a couple or group of people that were heading my same direction, preferably not all guys since I was a girl by myself, and would follow about 10 steps behind them.
7. Don't wear fancy jewelry or watches
Really, there's no need.
8. Know the address of where you're staying in each place
And give them to your parents
9. Update your family and friends on where you are
Or your mom will go crazy.
10. If you're traveling on your own...
Try meeting people in your hostel to hang out with, or a tour group, or meet up with friends of friends. Let people know, "Hey, going to London next week! Anyone have connections there that could help me out?"
I know all of this is common sense, but the number of tourists that get mugged is astounding. Thieves are good, they're sneaky, and sometimes work in pairs with one distracting you while the other does the deed.
Stay safe. You'll have a much more enjoyable trip.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz