Safety is always a hot topic, especially where traveling is concerned. No one wants their trip ruined by running into trouble on the road. I recently reached out to 7 other bloggers to get their best tips for staying safe while traveling.
Although sometimes you just can just be unlucky or find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time there are a few things that can at least minimize the impact.
“The biggest tip I can give for any traveler is to listen to your instincts. If something seems fishy, it probably is. And even if it isn’t, you’re always better safe than sorry!”
Danielle from Ultimate Country Guides
“Share your itinerary with someone not traveling with you. Also make sure to check in regularly with a friend or family member especially if traveling solo or somewhere more remote.”
Matilda from The Travel Sisters
“Aerosol cans are illegal to bring on planes so you can’t purchase mace ahead of time, but getting a small can once you get to your destination can be a lifesaver. If you’re traveling to multiple destinations that you are weary of, do yourself a favour and buy a small can at each place you go. If mace isn’t available, I always carry a personal alarm which I bought for $10 on Amazon. These are small and can be taken on planes in a backpack or on a keychain.”
Ava from Kicking Asana
“If you’re travelling through an unsafe country, sew a little internal security pocket inside your trousers with some emergency cash in it – just in case your bag or wallet go missing!”
Stu & Eloise from Am I Nearly There Yet
“My number one travel safety tip is to always have my hand on my purse, which I place in front of me while in crowded places. I keep one hand casually over the zipper so I don’t look like I’m protecting anything really, but no one can get into it without touching my hand.”
Danielle from Like Riding a Bicycle
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“Postpone your trip if the weather isn’t good. I’ve read so many accounts wherein tourists or hikers insist on island hopping or trekking mountains despite the weather advisory and end up getting stranded, at the very least. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.”
Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere
“If you’re carrying new or fancy camera equipment on your trip, beware – it can be a magnet for thieves. To keep your camera secure (and to prevent it from falling out of your hands!), wrap the strap around your right forearm. This is better than putting it around your neck: a strap around your arm will help you keep a grip on your equipment, but prevents damage or injury to your neck if the strap is pulled violently.”
Jim from Travel Stories and Images
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And my advice?
“Split everything up! I always travel with photocopies of my passport, I put one in each bag separately from my actual passport. I also have an electronic copy stored in the cloud and on Google Drive. If I’m carrying cash I also split that up keeping some on my person and divide the rest up into different bags/ pockets. I also always carry two purses, a real one and a fake. the fake I keep a little money and a few old credit/ bank cards. That way if I’m robbed I can just hand over the fake.”
I really hope this post has been useful if you have anything else you think belongs on this list please leave a comment below with your safety tip.
If you need a cheap flight to anywhere check Skyscanner first! Or download their App here, and don’t forget your insurance!
**If you are traveling without insurance you are also running a big risk! Most Travel Insurance doesn’t just cover you for medical treatment, it also covers you for theft. I recommend World Nomads Insurance, one of the best features is that you can get coverage even if you are already on the road! If you don’t have insurance and you need cover use the link below to get a quote from them.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.