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Travelling is all about kicking back, relaxing and leaving the stress of your day to day life behind. No doubt your trip will go without a hitch, but only if you take the necessary precautions when it comes to both your personal safety and that of your belongings!

This post is not meant to scare you, merely prepare you for potential safety issues you may experience when travelling and how you can prevent unfortunate experiences. Here, we give you several useful tips to keep you safe when travelling, no matter where you are in the world.

  1. Make copies of your passport and schedule (flights, accommodation bookings etc) – Before you leave home, just in case you lose them or they are stolen! Should you be unfortunate enough to lose your passport or have it stolen during your trip, you can apply for an emergency travel document so you can leave the country you’re visiting.

  2. Secure your bags & luggage – A simple piece of advice, but you’d be surprised how many travellers choose to ignore it, invest in a decent lock for your luggage and ensure that thieves are kept out and that nothing dodgy makes it’s way into your bags!

  3. Think about dress code – In certain countries, you will find that it is wise to cover up or dress modestly. If you choose to ignore this advice you may well find yourself on the receiving end of unwanted attention.

  4. Consider a personal alarm – These are useful for solo travellers and women, especially if you’re travelling in countries with a high crime rate. Personal alarms send out a high pitched alarm when activated, signalling for help in emergencies.

  5. Keep your wits about you – It’s easy to get carried away when you’re surrounded by stunning new sights, but always stay alert and if possible, travel in pairs on an evening.

  6. Don’t go off the beaten track – Staying on well lit and busy main streets , especially on an evening is much safer than taking detours through quiet side streets – even if it does take longer!

  7. Keep your valuables safe – Many hotels rooms will come with a safe for your valuables but if you’re staying in budget accommodation, such as hostels, you may need to rent out a locker for your stuff – you don’t want one of your room mates making off with your wallet.

  8. Invest in a money belt – don’t flash your brand new iPhone or cash around, store it discreetly in an underclothes money belt or body wallet.

  9. Know your destination – If you do a little research on your destination, you’ll be aware of any areas to avoid or where to take extra precautions, learning a little of the local language can also prove very useful.

  10. Leave expensive gadgets at home – One of the best travel tips out there is to leave anything valuable at home, it’s not worth losing that spanking new iPad, MP3 player or gadget you’ve spent a month’s wage on, take the essentials and you’ll have less to worry about!

These are just a few basic tips to help you keep safe during your trip, there are many travel security accessories out there to give you a helping hand from money belts and luggage locks to rucksack protectors, safety alarms and door locks. By following these few simple pieces of advice, hopefully you can have a much safer and enjoyable holiday.

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