How to Travel Safely in Dangerous Countries
4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When people are traveling and having a nice time, they usually let their guard down, and that’s precisely the moment potential assailants will make their move. By the time you realize you’ve been robbed, they’re long gone.
Always pay attention to what’s going on around you, especially something out of the ordinary. Have you unwittingly walked into a quiet and dodgy area? Do you feel someone might be following you? Is there a group of people staring at you from the distance?
5. Carry “Thief’s Money”
As sad as it may sound, carrying money “to be robbed” is a common practice in dangerous areas of the world. Thieves normally just want to take your money and go away, but if you don’t have any, they might get agitated and hurt you.
Instead of carrying all your money in one place, spread it around your pockets (and shoes, bags, etc.) and leave just a small amount in your wallet (with expired credit cards, if you have any). In that way, if you get robbed, you’ll just lose a bit of cash.
6. Keep Your Possessions Locked in the Hotel
You don’t have to carry all your valuable items with you every time you go exploring the city; just leave some of them behind. Although there are instances where hotel/hostel rooms are robbed, most of the time it’s not the items inside the safe.
So, if you’re not planning on taking amazing pics with your expensive DLSR camera or video chatting with your mom at the local coffee shop, just leave the electronics in the safe. If there isn’t one in your room, you’ll probably be able to leave your valuables at the front desk.