Before we left on our big adventure, our good friend Pat (aka “The Mayor” because he’s never met a stranger) gave us a list of 12 tips for travel safety. We’ve been traveling for a while now, and we’ve road-tested almost all of these suggestions. The Mayor knows what he’s talking about (20 years of being a flight attendant probably has something to do with it).
Top 12 Tips for Travel Safety
- Always know where your companion is! e.g. Walk each other to the bathroom and when one goes out on their own inquire as to when they’ll return.
- When arriving in a new town: Determine a central meeting place in case you get separated, a high place that can be seen from anywhere in your new city. That’s your meeting point…ALWAYS.
- Always check your room/apartment/home: under the bed, shower, locks on window and door.
- Always be aware of who is watching you.
- Always check your shoes before putting them on. Oh, and your underwear, too. Make sure they are yours!
- Have a word/phrase that indicates you are in distress, something that can be said in casual conversation, yet the other will know it is unusual.
- Always carry money in two separate places – keep extra cash in your shoe and another place not in your wallet.
- Never, ever leave a drink unattended….that’s just wrong on so many levels :)…seriously, keep it in your hand at all times.
- Always have paper products with you…it doesn’t need to be expanded on.
- Don’t immediately trust everyone you meet…they might not have your best intentions in mind.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street…and don’t stand too close to the curb…those bus mirrors can get you!
- Pick up a few things in each language: please, thank you, where’s the bathroom, etc.
I have to admit that I thought #9 was a little bit overboard. Until I experienced it myself repeatedly in restaurants and public bathrooms that ranged from very nice to not-so-nice, that is. So I am now a believer and carry a “square to spare” in my backpack.
Do you have any to add? Specific experiences to share about any of the above rules? We’ve love to hear them.