Travelling the world is an incredible experience and part of what makes it incredible is the risk. Travel itself doesn’t always have to be dangerous but if you’re properly on the road for a while and experiencing the countries authentically, then you’ll likely be visiting some of the rougher parts of town, staying in cheaper accommodation and climbing mountains.
Generally, you’ll be taking some chances.While this is part of the experience, it is very important to mitigate that risk however you can. Here are some tips that will help you do just that:
Do Your Research on the destination
Before you visit a place, make sure to do your research and learn what the areas to avoid are. This way, you can make sure that you don’t wander into the more dangerous areas without at least recognising that that is what you’re doing!
Don’t Flash Your Cash
Or any other valuables for that matter. Digital nomad will need expensive computers and phones but it is always a good idea to make sure you keep them hidden away whenever you can do. Certainly don’t get them out in the street.
Stick to Well Lit Areas and Make Friends
Head for the well-lit roads if you have a choice and move toward crowds! Staying at a hostel becomes a lot safer when you have made friends with the other travellers there. It also makes the travel more fun ñ so it is very much worth doing.
Have Backup Cash
Keep a backup stash of cash slipped into a boot, or perhaps in a safety deposit box. While you’re at it, you should also make some other backups too: a back up of your passport for example and even a back-up phone that you can use to call for help.
Always Let People Know Where You Are
Keep in touch with at least one person back home and make sure they know where you’re heading at any given time. This way, if you don’t get in touch for a while, they can send or at least look into whatever might be going one!
Have a Fake Wallet and Phone
Here is an idea: carry a fake wallet that is stuffed with a tiny bit of cash and some old, defunct cards and an old phone you don’t need. This way, if anyone ever tells you to hand over your wallet and your phone, you can do.
If you’re going to be hiking up a mountain, don’t make the mistake my friend and I made and go in trainers and a t-shirt!