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Staying Safe While Travelling

It may be true that you can get physically assaulted in your own neighbourhood but it is also true that you’re more vulnerable to crime abroad. But you can dramatically reduce the risk of physical assault and robbery while travelling and have a great time by following a few simple precaution measures:

Don’t draw attention to yourself. The fewer people know that you’re a British traveller the better because travellers are favourite targets of pickpockets and robbers throughout the world. You are recommended not to speak too loudly, walking around with a tourist map in your hands or wear anything that may make the locals think that you could have lots of money or valuables.

Never carry large sums of money with you. Use credit cards and traveller’s checks whenever possible. If you do have larger sums of money (in some countries, £100 is a little fortune) with you for one reason or the other, don’t keep it all in your wallet. That way you will firstly, avoid finding yourself without money if your wallet is lost or stolen and secondly, avoid the risk of anyone seeing how much money you have.

Follow the same personal safety measures as at home. This includes avoiding walking alone at night and potentially unsafe streets. But since it isn’t difficult to get lost in an unfamiliar place, you are recommended to plan your itinerary in advance.

Be careful when approached by strangers. They are probably just curious and want to know where you’re from, how you like their country/region, etc. Not all, however, are harmless and you simply cannot know. You are therefore recommended to politely refuse them if they are offering to show you around or help you in some other way if you didn’t ask for their help.

Let someone know where you’re going. Ideally, you should make a detailed plan of your itinerary and leave it with a friend or family member in order for them to know where to look for you in case something happens.

Stay in touch with someone at home, especially if you’re going away for a longer period of time. That way your loved ones won’t worry if you are OK but they will also know, if god forbids, anything goes wrong.

Write down important phone numbers on a piece of paper and take it with you. Make sure to include the numbers of the police, medical emergency and British embassy.