We have a saying in Croatia: sreća prati hrabre which can be translated as fortune favours the bold. During all my travels I have never felt unsafe or in danger. There were only one or two incidents that verged on the dangerous but I have been very fortunate in my travels so far. That does not mean that I was brave or bold particularly. To be honest I was probably very stupid on a few occasions but nothing bad happened because I had more luck than brains. Of course, I always adhere to several common sense rules: don’t walk alone in the dark, don’t use public transport during the night, dress appropriately, don’t accept drinks from the strangers (I haven’t complied to this rule very much 😉 ) don’t keep all your money in the same place, don’t give your hotel info to strangers, and many more.
However, we live in uncertain times nowadays and our lives can be changed in a split of a second. Nevertheless, I don’t think that giving up travel is the solution. I’ve travelled to Vienna, Stockholm , London and France since the beginning of this year and I have felt safe. But safety isn’t only important when you’re on the trip. There are a number of things you should do before you go on a trip.
So what are some safety precautions that you can take BEFORE you go on a TRIP?
1). inform your family/friends that you’re going on a trip and leave them your travel details (flights, hotel details, travel itinerary)
2). If you’re going on a longer trip ask somebody you trust to look into your house/flat once in a week
3). Don’t publicize on your social media that you’re not at home (I know, I too love to update my status on Facebook but it’s not the smartest behaviour ever if you consider home safety e.g.burglars have Facebook profiles too!)
4). Switch off all the appliances/heating/electricity/gas (and water if you’re going away for a longer period)
5). Get a travel health insurance
+ Take care of your pet if it can’t travel with you: organize a pet-sitter or take your pet to a pet hotel or to your family/friends
How do you stay safe when you travel? Do you have any particular safety tips? I’d like to hear from you.