Every year, there are many British citizens who travel to various destinations abroad. A lot of these people do not return. The list which includes the number of persons missing abroad keeps on growing as the world we live in keeps on becoming more and more dangerous.
Unfortunately, a lot of these cases are never solved. But, you don’t have to be a part of this list when you are traveling abroad. There are a lot of ways in which you could protect yourself when you are abroad. Here are a few tips that will ensure you get back home, as long as you follow it:
- Always stick with the person or people with whom you’re traveling. Never wander off alone. This is even more important at night. If you’re on holiday with only one other person then it is best that you always stay in well lit areas and places that are crowded. This is the most simple guideline of travel and also the one which is ignored the most.
- Never ever accompany a stranger to their hotel or home. Even if you find them to be very nice people you should be on your guard if they invite you to their house without knowing you too well. If you wish to socialise with people that you meet while on vacation then ensure that you always do so at public places.
- Don’t give any person that you run into specific information on where you’re staying or any of your contact information back home. You can tell people the name of the hotel at which you are staying, but never be specific. Also, you should never tell strangers your full name. Be polite and mention your first name only if asked.
- It is of utmost importance that you are always aware of what is around you. This is more important at night. It is very easy for thieves and traffickers to kidnap you or to rob you if you appear to be lost and find it difficult to since it is dark. It is best that you be careful of where you go and never wander off to areas you have not yet explored during the night.
- It is best for you to keep all your important documents such as your passport as well as most of your money with you at all times or then locked inside the hotel safe. If anyone manages to steal your passport, you’ll become a simple target for thieves and traffickers.
- Last, but not the least, you should take a look at any concerns regarding safety in the country that you are visiting. You could check good travel books which would give you an idea of what you could expect when you visited a particular country and what are the various dangers that you should look out for when you are there.
- Heed the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) here.
If you keep all these tips in mind, you are most certain to return home safely.