Try to dress like the locals. It will save you a lot of trouble.
Don’t follow a stranger somewhere (unless you trust them)
Anyone trying to get you to follow them somewhere should be treated with suspicion.
If a stranger spontaneously singles you out and tries to isolate you, you may be dealing with a scammer or worse.
Take taxis at night
This is particularly advisable if you’re traveling to developing countries where you might not want to walk the streets at night (unless you know the area is safe).
Be sure to take official taxis only or to use ride-sharing apps with trusted drivers.
Stay in touch with your family and friends
You also should make sure family and friends know your plans and where you’re going.
Especially if you’re traveling alone, staying connected with family and friends will help you stay safer in any situation.
Be careful if you sleep on public transport
When relaxing on public transport, or even a quick nap, you should keep your bags or suitcase nearby so you can feel it if they move.
Don’t make your trip an awful experience with dozens of items. Make a list of the things you really need and don’t regret leaving behind unnecessary stuff.
Keep your luggage as light as possible so you can avoid the hassles when on transportation or at hotels. At the same time, with lightweight luggage, you can move and run away if there is danger lurking.
Pay attention to your luggage
Always pay attention to your luggage. Never leave them out of sight, especially when traveling abroad.
Consider buying a good bag or suitcase with strong locks to ensure your luggage’s safety.
Especially never give your luggage to anyone except someone you completely trust. You may be arrested for being found carrying any illegal substances or items without your knowledge.
Don’t be misled
Pickpocketing is a common occurrence, especially in popular tourist destinations.
A person may try to give a flyer, seemingly innocent, but they may be trying to distract you from your wallet.
If someone suddenly approaches you, be on the lookout for possible tricks and try to protect your valuables.
Trust your instincts
Always trust your instincts. Don’t let the excitement or stress of traveling cloud your judgment.
If a situation doesn’t feel right, too good to be true, or just plain weird, bail. Never feel bad about bailing from a situation you’re not comfortable with.