Travel Safety

  • If traveling to another country, find out about their laws, customs, etc.
  • Carry your money and personal documents (license, passport, credit cards, etc) in a bag or purse that you can conceal under your clothing.
  • Use a disposable camera rather than a digital or 35mm. Expensive cameras are popular targets for theft.
  • Do not go out after dark alone.
  • Always hold onto your luggage.
  • Do not wear a lot of jewelry. Having a lot of expensive looking or flashy jewelry makes you an easy target for predators.
  • Always maintain eye contact.
  • If possible, it is best to travel with another person or in a group.
  • Wear a wedding ring while you are in Asia.
  • Use a business card for a luggage card instead of using your home address.
  • Never tell anyone that you are traveling alone. If someone persistently asks, lie, if necessary.

  • When Hailing a Taxi

  • Avoid hailing a taxi when you are alone. Call a cab company ahead of time to schedule a pick up at your location. When the cab arrives, ask the driver to confirm who he is picking up to make sure they are from the company that you called.
  • Always try to share a cab with a friend or someone you know.
  • Do not engage in personal conversations with the driver. It is okay to be friendly, but do not give out too much information about yourself or your travel plans.
  • When you get to your destination, ask the driver to wait until you are inside.
  • If you ever feel uneasy or threatened, have the driver let you out at a familiar, busy or popular place.

  • Return to Safety Tips for more information.

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