Being a backpacker can be such a wonderful and amazing experience! However, just like in any other type of travelling, you should definitely make sure you are completely safe regardless of where in the world you choose to go.
What are some of the most important backpacking safety tips? Read on and find out more!
1.Do your homework. It can save you from a lot of trouble. Research the location you’re visiting and know exactly what you are searching for there, so that you don’t look “lost” (and hence, a good “target” for scammers and pickpockets).
2. Furthermore, don’t forget to inform yourself on the different cultural norms. The last thing you want is to offend anyone!
3. Keep a copy of your official documents with you at all times (but don’t forget to bring your originals too).
4. Be “incognito”. Don’t wear anything too flashy, don’t show off your tech and gadgets and try to stay as inconspicuous as possible.
5. Try not to look like a tourist. Sure, there’s no actual “right” way to dress and move, but feeling lost and being too curious can make you appear too “touristy” (and thus, it can also make other people too “curious” as to who you are and where you come from.
6. Be friendly, but never give out personal information. This is an absolute golden rule, no matter how friendly and amazing a person would be. Remember, you don’t actually know these people and chances are you’re not even going to see many of them again (or at least not for a very long time from now on).
7. Eat in safe places. We know you might get tempted to try out those street foods, but it’s probably better that you don’t. Unless you know other tourists who have tried it, we suggest that you don’t give in to temptation. Locals may have different tolerance to certain foods, so they are not always the safest people to ask about their street foods.
8. Get vaccinated. If you know you are travelling in an area where certain diseases may be more likely to occur, please do get vaccinated and immunized. This is more than important for your safety regardless of whether you are a backpacker or a luxury traveller!
9. Careful how you handle your credit cards. Even if they are protected by your signature and/or by a PIN number, they can still be stolen and broken into. Even more, they can be easily used for online purchases too.
10. In general, use your common sense at all times. As humans, we have been armed with this amazing tool and we should use it. Common sense can go a very, very long way when you are away from home and it can save you from a myriad of unpleasant situations. With a bit of information in your luggage and the willingness to be nice and friendly without being unsafe, your trip will be amazing regardless of what part of the world you visit!