The Top 3 Travel Safety Tips You Need To Know

March 16, 2016  |  

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Traveling is exciting and, often times, that makes you feel very comfortable in a new destination, even if there are potential dangers you may or may not be aware of. In case you’re oblivious to the dangers of traveling abroad — or so keenly aware you feel paranoid about traveling — we remixed these safety tips self-defense experts from Krav Maga Worldwide shared with Glamour to make sure you know what to do the next time you step off a plane.

Blend In With The Locals

As a native New Yorker, I, along with my friends, believe in bringing our entire wardrobe (accessories included) when we travel. Interestingly enough, there have been times where we felt overdressed for the nightclubs or even brunch in the new cities we traveled to, making us look like prime targets. To avoid becoming the apple of a criminal’s eye, try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, especially if you’re abroad. My parents are from Guyana and whenever they travel back home, they have a seamstress create pockets inside their pants or skirts to place money or other valuables that they don’t want to leave in their hotel room to conceal valuables.

Research Your Surroundings

No matter how comfortable you feel in your hotel’s neighborhood, it’s important to research the surrounding area, especially if you plan to stay out late. Aside from investigating online, speak with hotel staff members to get a sense of how they navigate their own ‘hood.

Drive And Park In Well-Lit Areas

Many of us view traveling as an adventure and, sometimes, our risk-management standards go out the window. If renting a car, it’s important to drive and park in heavily trafficked and well-lit areas. If taking public transportation or using cabs, be sure you’re picked up and dropped off in well-populated locations where there are witnesses and possibly even public cameras.

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