By Srabon Nath
Traveling is a great way to relax, spend time with others, and also expand your horizons.
Especially during the summer, everyone has plans of going somewhere. However, whether it be
far or relatively close, traveling can be a great hassle sometimes. From packing bags to deciding
where to stay, it’s not always ideal. But what I want to focus on is staying safe while traveling.
Going to a new place, especially to a different country, means that you will be exposed to things
outside of your comfort zone. How do you deal with them?
One obvious thing is to become acquainted with the place you’re going to. Research the
place through the internet and also through anyone that went there before. Researching will help you greatly with planning things out and also packing extra supplies. If a certain place is extremely hot, you will know to bring hydration and sunblock. Or if you find out that a certain place has a high crime rate, you would be able to take the necessary precautions and become acquainted with what number to contact in case of an emergency.
If you’re going to a new country, then it’s paramount that you know how to keep yourself
safe. If you already know someone living in that country, make sure to get in touch with them
before going there, so that you have some guidance. Avoid wearing any clothing, jewelry, or
accessories that would attract attention. Don't do anything that would make you stand out, since
tourists are usually the prime target for pickpockets. Keep your personal belongings secure and
make sure to keep them close to you. Make sure to contact other people (family and friends)
before going to a new country. By letting other people know about your travels and keeping them
updated, it makes it easier for them to know if something goes wrong.
Not doing anything risky overall is a good idea. Don’t go to extreme lengths for a nice
picture as it can and has led to many deaths. Don’t start conflicts with any of the locals, and
know any scams that they might try to pull on you. Staying in groups, not staying out late, and
staying in areas/roads where there are a lot of people is also important. If you are confronted and
asked for your money or prized possessions, it is usually better to do what you are told unless
there is a clear and safe way to get away from the situation. These basic rules are things that most
people follow normally.
Traveling is a way to get out of your comfort zone. But always know limitations and
make your safety your number one priority.