ARE YOU PREPARED?
TIPS & ADVICE
Fact: 72% of American women will likely take a solo trip abroad in 2018.
Fact: Women are often perceived as soft targets, and will generally face a higher level of risk than men.
With that said, the need for purposeful trip-planning has to include personal security. As you begin to plan your long-awaited getaway overseas or short-term mission trip, consider some of these safety tips:
1. Learn as much about that culture as possible. And we aren’t just talking about local restaurants! Research or ask someone who has been there about the typical customs or dress habits of local women. Find out these things before you go, so you can avoid drawing unintended attention towards yourself.
2. Keep track of your luggage and valuables. Choose common colors for your luggage so it doesn’t stand out. Don’t display your first name on ID tags, to avoid advertising that the owner is a female. Consider a purse that can be worn over your neck to avoid an easy grabbing. If you brought along your phone, carry it in your front pocket. Back pockets are prime for picking.
3. If you are staying at a hotel, pick a room above the ground level. First-floor rooms are the most common for break-ins. When selecting a hotel, look at pictures from a street view. Several hotels will misrepresent themselves and their neighborhoods to make a sale.
4. Avoid going places in the dark. Pretty easy to understand, right? Criminals like it when they are harder to be spotted so, if possible, avoid traveling at night or taking “short-cuts”.
5. Trust your intuition. If you think someone is following you, don’t be afraid of appearing rude or paranoid. Make quick eye-contact with the person, to let them know that you see them, while quickly making your way into a nearby store or restaurant. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Traveling can be fun and by taking simple safety steps like these you can more thoroughly enjoy your time away from home. For a better understanding and plenty examples of best practices in travel, check out our online personal security video TRAVELING SAINT. Remember, knowing what to do in a dangerous situation keeps you calm and less impacted, while allowing you to accomplish what you intended to do.
Enjoy your trip!
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