How to Travel Safely in Dangerous Countries

7. Don’t React to a Robbery

Although you do have some people who want to see the world burn, most thugs robbing tourists are just looking for expensive gear and foreign currency. It’s better to lose a pricey mobile device than lose your life.

The problem is that you never know if they are carrying a gun or if the attacker is alone. Unfortunately, there’s not enough muscle or martial arts skill that can dodge a bullet. You’re better off making sure you have insurance.

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8. Learn About Common Scams

Every city in the world is plagued with scammers taking advantage of good-hearted tourists, but if you learn about their tricks you can avoid becoming another victim. If something seems too good to be true, if there’s easy money involved, or someone is being too solicitous, reassess the situation.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t trust people. But don’t put yourself in a situation that could have been avoided if you’d taken the time to learn about it.

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9. Dress Like a Local

Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to disguise the fact that you’re a tourist — the color of your skin, eyes, and hair will easily give that away. However, you can still make an effort to blend in by dressing like locals do.

Traveling and hiking gear is amazing, as it’s lightweight and dries quickly, but such fashion makes it painfully obvious that you’re a traveler. If you’re staying somewhere for a while, buy some local clothes, and pretend you’re a resident, so you’re not sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.